by Kate & Michael Lorentz
A few days of July this year were spent (rather magnificently) aboard M/Y Grace in the Galápagos archipelago courtesy of Quasar Expeditions and in association with Passage To Africa’s sister company, Royal African Safaris. Referred to as the “enchanted isles” by American author Herman Melville in 1854, it is easy to see how this group of islands and its unique inhabitants has filled biologists and travelers with a sense of wonder and a source of inspiration since the first human settlers arrived in 1832.
The ‘Arctic’ lies north of the Arctic Circle and is one of the largest natural regions on planet Earth, exhibiting such pristine beauty that the extreme harshness of the environment is almost forgotten. There are seven countries with significant territory within the arctic: Alaska (USA), Canada, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. In this desolate world, six months of sunlight alternates with half a year of darkness, the extent of which is determined by proximity to the North Pole.
In growing our global network of remarkable guides and operators, Passage To Africa has been fortunate in getting to know OSE (Olly Suzi Expeditions), who we have now partnered with in offering exceptional experiences in the Arctic; from searching for brown or polar bear in Alaska to dog-sledding in Sweden.
Below is an excerpt from OSE about their dog-sledding expedition, we hope it inspires you as much as it does us!
South Luangwa, Zambia
In the vast African wilderness, protected within the bounds of the South Luangwa National Park, lies Chindeni Bush Camp. The area is renowned for its diversity of habitats which colour the landscape and the abundance of animal life; with 60 mammal and 400 bird species resident in the park.