The Arctic is a vast, seemingly barren, region, and that has given it the reputation of being a rather intimidating place to visit. However, the Arctic is in fact a wonderland, teeming with life and offering unparalleled opportunities for adventure. Not convinced? Then check out our new interactive online discovery and exploration tool, which will give you an idea of what the Arctic is really like. Here's how you can use our map …
To the right of your screen are listed the following categories: wildlife (purple), locations (green), climate (blue), exploration (orange), terrain (light blue), voyages (yellow), and fun facts (grey). Simply click on the section you'd like to explore and you will be greeted with a plethora of information.
For example, if you want to find out more about specific polar regions like Greenland and the Canadian Arctic you can do so by clicking on the green 'Locations' section. Moving the cursor over the region you want to look at and clicking on it for more information when it turns dark green will give you more detailed information.
You can use the guide to discover the Arctic's wildlife as well, including birds and both on-land and marine animals. In the example below, you can see where ringed seals reside. Click on Ringed Seal, and the purple-shaded areas will show you where they live. Clicking on the animal icon that appears in the centre will give you some snippets of information about that animal. You can then find more detailed information by watching, reading and following encyclopedia entries, longer videos, articles and other linked resources.
For a more specific range of areas you can visit, check out the yellow 'Voyages' icon and follow in the footsteps of explorers past and present. The yellow 'Voyage' icons on the map show you our expedition routes (in red lines) and by clicking on one you can find out more information about that area and also what you can expect to see on that particular expedition. In this case, you can see East Greenland.
View our Arctic Guide YouTube video for more information!