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POLAR EXPEDITIONS

POLAR LOYALTY PROGRAM:

As a repeat Antarctica or Arctic expedition traveler, you can take advantage of 5 to 10% savings!   Let’s discuss.

 

SPECIAL POLAR OFFERS:

I also have some great promotions if you book early. And believe me, the best trips to Antarctica & the Arctic book early, sometimes 2 years in advance! Therefore if you can take advantage of these savings, it’s really a value added feature.

We rarely have last minute sell offs, but the odd time we do if you are very flexible to leave at short notice.

Please feel free to contact me for these offers.

Black browed albatross, Falkland Islands

“You just have to sit there, and they will come to you. They are curious and because my coat has similar colors to theirs, maybe they think I am one of them? They examine me and wonder what strange penguin I am. They have no fear and they shouldn’t because all I am doing is admiring them. Then I start talking to them and they like the sound of my voice. I get a bit giddy and am in awe about how they are elegant and so intelligent! King penguins have unique personalities. They are adorable and you just want to give them a hug. The rule is they can poke me but I cannot and will not touch them. This preserves their wildness and their safe freedom.”

Arctic Expeditions

 

In 2005, I wanted to learn more about the Canadian north by accepting an invitation to travel with Cruise North (then owned by an Inuit cooperation) to circumnavigate Nunavik and into Hudson Bay.  A week of a stunning array of Aurora Borealis got me hooked. Since then, I have travelled and accompanied groups to the Canadian, Alaskan, Russian, Icelandic, Danish (Greenland) and Norwegian Arctic a dozen times, helping Canadians and International travelers discover the beauty of the northern hemisphere.

My polar partners love my clients as they are all well prepared for travel interruptions caused by the movement of ice, polar bears and weather. It’s about lowering your expectations by sharing the north’s realities. I will share my personal travel tips on how not forget a single item to ensure you enjoy the best polar experience ever!

I am also enjoying my third year mandate as a member of Travel Nunavut’s board of Directors.

So, you want to go to the Arctic but aren’t sure where to start?

What are your different options on how best to visit the Arctic?

What experience do you want to live?

What type of fitness does one require to travel on the expedition ships?

What type of budget is required to visit this remote area of the world?

What are the differences between the many expedition ship companies out there?

What time of year is the best time for an Arctic expedition?

If any of these questions are lingering in your mind, I am available in helping you make the right choice. And bonus, I will not add any EXTRA FEES. I will actually make recommendations on how to save on costs!!! 

“Here we are in Churchill with a local friend’s van to visit the polar bears at Mr Ladoon’s dog pound. The male bears seem to get along quite well with the dogs. While we were waiting to have him open the gate, we were trying to take photos from afar, then all of the sudden this bear gets up slowly behind a ridge and spots us, live food roaming freely outside a van. We quickly jumped back in the vehicle and watched him nonchalantly make his way to us. My friend Gerard was the driver and he is the one taking a zillion pictures with one camera then filming with his go pro. Gerard has a bit of a daring side to him and allowed the bear to get real close to the window. You can see all this in my YouTube video.
After our expedition, the owner of the van forgot to mention that sometimes at -25 celcius the front driver’s window does not always come up! It was -28 celcius that day!”

Tailor made, personalized itineraries and experiences in the ARCTIC:

As a member of Travel Nunavut, I work  with local Inuit outfitters to build your tailor made itineraries.

You may want to learn more about Inuit Art?

You may want to experience the Northern Lights? And the best time to do so?

You may want to participate in an authentic festival in the Arctic?

As a professional photographer, you want to take photos of the Arctic wolves on Ellesmere Island?

I can help. 

Thanks to Ejaz Khan for this amazing shot of an Arctic wolf on Ellesmere Island.

More About Ejaz

Ejaz Khan’s wildlife photography focuses on the beauty of animals and the environmental changes they face.

Along with wildlife conservations & foundations, Ejaz exhibits life-sized photo prints in his New York art gallery of images he captured during his expeditions. 50% of the proceeds from these exhibits go to the foundations that support the awareness and conservation of wildlife.

Even in the most treacherous weather, Ejaz’s determination to bring us the conditions that these animals endure and survive is shown in his breathtaking works.

”Once we take responsibility for actions in our daily lives and stay mindful of the environment, we can slow the process of global warming. It’s my responsibility to bring forward the beauty of our world to inspire everyone to take such action.”  Ejaz Khan

“It was a challenge getting Ejaz up to Ellesmere Island in March, but with my contacts and resources, we got him there safely. After spending a few days in a hunting camp, he decided to come back a day earlier. On his long snowmobile ride back to Grise Fjord, the wolves appeared not far from his route. His Inuit guide Raymond spotted them from afar. Ejaz somehow managed to get some amazing photos of this beautiful Arctic animal in a snow setting. Exactly what he wanted. He was in heaven!

He will be having an Arctic Wolf photo exhibit in his gallery in New York March 14th, 2019 or if you would like to purchase any of his masterpieces, check out his website.

Ejaz is also joining me on my Siberia expedition in August. I look forward sharing my voyage with him, and only hope we won’t get into too much mischief? Just kidding, he is a delight to work with.”  -Carole Gobeil

Adventure active small group journeys in the ARCTIC:

I also work with some soft and hard core adventure operators who offer treks, hikes, floe edge, canoe and kayaking trips in the north in small groups. For more information, please feel free to contact me.

“If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance”. -Inuit Proverb

Small ship Arctic expeditions:

They are all unique and excellent but their philosophies are different. Their itineraries are well chosen and they cater to the needs of every genuine polar explorer who wants to live something special.  

We can even organize your wedding on a polar ship for you!

Some of my operators offer a solo cabin at no extra charge,  or they will offer a “willing to share” option.

I will match you with the right operator and the best journey suited for you!  You will be well prepared with your clothing list, visas, insurance, pre and post accommodation nights and connecting flights, all at NO EXTRA COST to you.  This is all part of my services.

A graceful “aurevoir”  (the story behind the breathtaking photo below)

We were returning from an amazing zodiac cruise with our driver and well known polar bear research scientist Dr Ian Stirling. Ian invited his son on this specific Antarctic voyage. It was a great reunion for both of them as Ian works a lot out on the field. His son was so happy to see his Dad in action and see why he loves what he does so much.

After our frolic encounters with some curious crabeater seals earlier in the day and cruising around surreal aqua blue icebergs, we slowly made our way back to the ship.  

We then find out the kayakers had an exciting time with a humpback whale who had been floating around and staying near them for a couple of hours.

Ian suggested we stick around a bit longer, while the other zodiacs and kayakers were slowly embarking on the ship. We had been out for awhile and he made sure everyone was still warm (thanks to our “Thermohair” socks!).  We cruised around a few more icebergs with sleeping seals on them, then we made our way closer to the resting whale.

Ian shut the engine and we just silently admired this beautiful mammal in a ferric type of Antarctic setting.   It was time to say goodbye as we were the last zodiac in. As we started the engine to head back, Mister Whale decided to give us a splash of a goodbye. It was one of those amazing moments. I just shouted “yyyyyeeeeeessssss” and we all left with the biggest smiles on our faces and pounding hearts from being so grateful to have had this special interaction.  Thanks Ian! Just another day in Antarctica, you say?

Antarctica

I had my first exposure to one of the polar regions, Antarctica, in 1996 with Marine Expeditions. This was unfortunately not one of my favorite voyages, as I learnt the hard way the strength of the Drake Channel and the effects of motion sickness. In 2013 I was well prepared and I “reconciled” with Antarctica.  I now have experienced three amazing expeditions to the Falklands, South Georgia, the Antarctica Peninsula and my last adventure was crossing the Antarctic Circle with a fly back from King George. I will return soon.

Want to join me in 2020? Let me know.

“King penguins have personalities. A bit like cats, they seem to know what they want. I would love to know what this match is all about. I can put so many conversations to this video, I don’t know where to start. Maybe you can help meI would love to hear from you. Let’s have some fun, King Penguin fans.”

 

‘Excuse us for disturbing your nap’. Antarctica

You want to go to the Antarctica and not sure where to start?

What are your different options to visit Antarctica?

What experience do you want to live?

What type of penguins do you want to see?

When is the best time to see whales?

What type of fitness does one require to travel on the expedition ships?

What type of budget is required to for the best trips to Antarctica?

What time of year is best to travel to Antarctica?

If any of these questions are lingering in your mind, I am available in helping you make the right choice. And bonus, I will not add any EXTRA FEES.  I will actually make recommendations on how to save on costs!!! 

“Traveling tends to magnify all our human emotions”.  -Peter Hoeg

Antarctic Peninsula

“You have to be in the right place at the right time. Meeting this group of Weddell seals was a memorable afternoon encounter. They were resting when I came along. They tossed and turned, scratched and stretched, then after an hour or so of my scent and presence, one of them let me know it was time for me to be on my merry way. Got it!”

Tailor made and personalized itineraries and experiences in ANTARCTICA

Expedition ships have been the most popular way of visiting Antarctica, but we now have other options. We have fly in camps to see Emperor penguins, tailor made itineraries to get closer to albatrosses in the Falklands and more.  There are also long cruise journeys that combine Antarctica with the Atlantic or Pacific islands.

I keep myself informed about these new polar travel packages every year and I am looking forward sharing them with you. Contact me. 

‘A stroll on Falkland Islands’

Adventure small group in ANTARCTICA

Expedition ship companies offer unique themed departures, like cross country skiing, diving or photo symposiums. There seems to be something for everyone.

“Blubber you say? The elephant seal is an amazing creature. It can weigh up to 3700 kg (8150 pounds)!!! During mating season, the larger males fight one another to establish dominance over a particular section of the beach. Dominance fights can last for hours and end in serious injuries to both elephant seals. Vocalizations are also common during these fights and are amplified by inflating their trunk-like noses with air. Witnessing this and being able to capture it was a shot in the dark. I felt like I witnessed a blubber extravaganza! By the way, the winner will gather a harem of 40 to 50 females that he will vigilantly monitor and defend until the end of the breeding season. And you think you are busy? Thanks to Oceanwide Expeditions for having me on board this amazing South Georgia expedition. As a valued partner, I love working with them.”

Small ship expeditions in ANTARCTICA

The best trips to Antarctica are via small ship expedition. They are all unique and excellent but their philosophies are different. Their itineraries are well chosen and they cater to the needs of every genuine polar explorer who wants to live something special.  

This is a great part of the world to enjoy kayaking.  Great close ups with wildlife really makes your experience invigorating. We can add this option to your trip!

Some of my operators offer a solo cabin at no extra charge,  or they will offer a “willing to share” option. 

I will match you with the right operator and journey best suited for you!  You will be well prepared with your clothing list, visas, insurance, pre and post accommodation nights and connecting airlines, at  NO EXTRA COST to you. This is all part of my services.  I look forward hearing from you. 

I had the pleasure of having Michelle and Chantale on my Antarctica voyage in 2015. Michelle is a poet and Chantale is an artist. And they were a lot of fun to have on board. At the end of our voyage, we participated in a talent night where the passengers were presenting their creativity to the hard working staff.  Michelle created this beautiful poem: 

The graceful albatross welcomes us to his land of sea

He glides into an hallucinating dance

To an ocean while never… reaching  water

 

Wind is King!

Katabolic, threatening,

Charming, caressing

Messengers of the Gods

He has the final say

 

Fog erases the zodiacs

What’s left of this adventure?

Pelagic sea and Vavilov

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Carole Gobeil, Arctic/Antarctica & Africa Travel Specialist, Customized Adventures

If you live in the Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Montreal and Western Quebec regions, I would love to meet you! If this is not possible, let’s talk by phone or webcam.
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Carole is a travel consultant with Far Horizons, Experts in Creative Travel (established 1986), located in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada. Carole lives in Ottawa and caters to clients throughout the world. We are all connected.

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Thank You!

I would like to extend a very special thank you to the following photographers who have a keen eye for capturing unforgettable moments during my travels:

  • Michelle Valberg, for my cover picture in Ilulissat, Greenland holding a mountain. 
  • Joanne Tremblay, for some fun shots and videos in the Canadian Arctic, NWT, Tanzania and Killarney. 
  • Gary Krosin, for my Siberia shots; and Sergey Dolya for Herard Island in Siberia.
  • Paulin Lafontaine, for the kayaking photo in the Arctic. 
  • Blachford Lodge, for their northern lights picture. 
  • Kenny Stainback, for the King penguin video in South Georgia. 
  • Derik Kyostia, of me and the group talking to the seal in Antarctica. 
  • André Ouellet, Morocco camels.  
  • Ejaz Khan, for the breathtaking photo of the wolf.
  • Alex Di Suvero, for my ship, aurora and full moon picture taken on my first Arctic expedition in 2005. We had a blast on that trip!

My heart goes out to an amazing photographer friend, Gerard, who left us last July. As a world traveler, he sure lived his life to the fullest. He is the driver, clicker and voice in my funky polar bear encounter in Churchill. I sure miss his daring sense of humour.