Stuck in the North Pole with nothing to do? No need to bingewatch Game of Thrones, again. Here are 5 great things to do in the Arctic Region:
1. Gawk at the critters
Home to a panoply of wildlife, visitors can take in walruses, seals, whales, Arctic fox, and polar bears. For those who don’t sport a mammal bias, there are plenty of seabirds, fish and nuclear-armed Russian subs. The only penguin you’ll see is on the cover of your dinner companion’s copy of ‘Walden;’ the tuxedoed waddlers live at the other pole.
The North Pole Marathon, the self-dubbed ‘world’s coolest marathon,’ is an annual event taking place annually, weather permitting. One can expect temperatures in the minus-thirties, Celsius, that is, with wind chills well below. Your five-figure registration fee gets you a chartered flight to the event, dinner convo for the rest of your life, and, of course, a T-shirt.
Tour groups offer helicopter and hot air balloon excursions. If being at the top of the world isn’t exciting enough, hop into a basket held aloft by a bag of gas, then head for polar bear territory. Fun for the whole family!
If dangling like a cat toy over carnivorous bears isn’t exciting enough, try swimming with them. Iceberg diving is like cave diving, except the walls are constantly moving, the water is below freezing and has bears in it.
5. Protect the Fortress of Solitude
From commercial exploration, that is. The Arctic Region is an ice-covered ocean, and so follows maritime treaties and international law. (Does that mean Santa isn’t North Polish?) Learn about the region before you visit.
Bonus tip: Get the right insurance
The Land of the Fortress of Solitude may be elf-friendly, but human visitors should consider getting medical evacuation insurance. A medevac for your busted knee (or worse) from the most remote place in the world can get pretty pricey.