There’s an old maxim that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice. While this for the most part may be true about Greenland, it’s only half the story.
Imagine steaming across thousands of miles of frigid, poorly charted waters, many of them made all the more dangerous by icebergs and sea ice. Imagine finally reaching land and then dealing with one of the driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. One completely void of indigenous peoples, man-made infrastructure or vegetation.
We came out of the cave, we looked over the hill and we saw fire. We crossed the ocean and we pioneered the west.
The history of man is hung on a timeline of exploration, and in 1873, a remote and forbidding archipelago that would soon be called Franz Joseph Land was next.
Polar bears are among the cutest, and at first glance appear to be cuddliest animals on the planet. However like many wild animals they are actually quite ferocious. If you happen to be on a polar bear expedition in the arctic, you’d even have a chance to see a family up close and personal. (Just not too close.)
Now that we’re imagining the thought of actually going on a polar bear expedition, you may want to arm yourself with some fun facts to share with your travel mates!