Sailing in the high latitudes of the Arctic Circle can be a life-changing experience. The vastness and beauty of the Arctic Ocean, the stunning scenery, and the unique wildlife make it a destination unlike any other. While many choose to experience this region on a cruise liner, sailing on an adapted Clipper68 yacht like SKIRR Adventures offers a much more intimate and rewarding experience.
Unlike a cruise liner, sailing on SKIRR Adventures allows you to fully immerse yourself in the environment. The yacht is designed to navigate even the most challenging waters of the Arctic Ocean, so you can get up close and personal with glaciers, icebergs, and wildlife. With a smaller group size, you can also experience the Arctic Circle in a more intimate way, allowing for a deeper connection with the environment.
- Access to Remote Locations
Often limited in their ability to access remote locations in the Arctic Circle cruise liners are unable to access the smaller ports and bays which can’t accommodate large ships. This means that visitors may miss out on some of the more unique and remote locations that can only be reached by smaller vessels like yachts.
- Low Environmental Impact
Cruise liners have a significant environmental impact, and this impact can be amplified in fragile ecosystems like the Arctic and other precious environments such as the Inner Hebrides and Faroe Isles. The large engines and generators required to power a cruise liner can contribute to air and water pollution, as well as noise pollution that can disturb wildlife. Sailing yachts, on the other hand, are often designed to be more environmentally friendly and have a smaller footprint. The Clipper 68 is adapted for these conditions ensure any impact on wildlife is at an absolute minimum.
- Ultimate Flexibility
A highlight of the SKIRR expedition voyage is the flexibility – often impacted by the weather conditions in the remote locations themselves as well as wildlife sightings – much like a safari might. Cruise liners operate on a strict schedule, and itineraries are often set well in advance. This means that there is limited flexibility in terms of where you can go and how long you can stay in each location.
The affordability of a cruise liner is a factor – they can carry thousands of passengers, which can lead to crowded conditions both on board and at each port of call. This can make it difficult to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the high latitude ports and can also limit your ability to interact with locals and experience the local culture. Sailing yachts, on the other hand, offer a more intimate experience and can access smaller ports and harbours, allowing for a more authentic and personalised experience.
And perhaps most persuasive of all is the knowledge that you personally made the commitment, navigated and participated in a remarkable expedition. It will take effort, can be uncomfortable at times and test you a little too.
Is it worth it? You decide!