There's something both beautiful and highly intimidating about going to the ends of the Earth, about setting sail for the poles, tackling rough seas and freezing temperatures to experience our world at its most remote and pristine. The north and south pole are places of true extremes, of experiences both wild and unpredictable.
And yet as difficult as they are to access, and as challenging as they are to visit, both the Arctic and Antarctica are becoming increasingly popular tourist destinations. Cruises south to Antarctica are booming. Journeys into the Arctic Circle are becoming more frequent.
What is it about these hostile places that entices people? What makes them great? And how can you get there too?
On this episode of Flight of Fancy, the Traveller.com.au podcast, I'm joined by hardened polar explorers David McGonigal and Tim Charody to discover what's great, and what's maybe not so great, about the north and south polar regions. The trio will talk about encounters with wildlife, encounters with Ukrainian scientists, stunning natural beauty, blizzards, glaciers, and heavy, rough seas.
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Flight of Fancy is hosted by Ben Groundwater and produced by Annie Dang. This episode was recorded by Shannon Browning and mixed by Lap Phan.