Help Aurora Expeditions Celebrate International Polar Bear Day Massive 50% Savings on Back to Back Arctic Voyages 2017

Did you know a polar bear’s paw is 30 centimetres wide? Or that they have black skin? Or that they were listed as a threated species in 2008?

Aurora Expeditions is passionate about conserving the world’s threatened wildlife. That’s why it wants to raise awareness about the threats facing polar bears this February 27: International Polar Bear Day.

The polar bear is the world’s largest land carnivore and inhabits some of our planet’s most extreme areas — this marvellous creature calls the Arctic regions of Europe, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia home.

There are currently between 22,000 and 31,000 polar bears roaming these areas, notes the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but these numbers are likely to decrease significantly in the coming years. This is why International Polar Bear Day is so vital to our efforts to conserve these animals.

In previous decades, hunting was the main cause of the depletion of the polar bear population. Capturing and killing the animals was outlawed by the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears, but this has not prevented their numbers from dwindling.

The cause of this is the melting of the Arctic ice caps. Sea ice is vital to the hunting tactics of polar bears, and without it they are forced to swim greater distances to obtain food for themselves and their cubs. If action is not taken soon, the IUCN predicts that by 2050, the world’s polar bear population will have decreased by 30 per cent.

Every little action counts. You can get involved in International Polar Bear Day activities, such as the Thermostat Challenge or the Pedal for Polar Bears Challenge, which are designed to show us how we can reduce our carbon emissions. To donate to Polar Bears International, click here and support critical research and education for polar bear conservation.

Another way of taking action is by journeying to the Arctic yourself and learning more about its environment and the wildlife that lives there.

Aurora Expeditions is excited to introduce a brand new Back-To-Back Offer for the ultimate northern adventure in 2017 with bookings on selected ‘Wild Scotland’ or ‘Spitsbergen’ voyages combined with ‘Across the Arctic Circle’ for a massive 50% saving of up to $5,000 per person (approx £4,010).

Taking in three distinct and varied regions – Scotland’s remote northeastern isles, Norway’s dramatic coastline and the polar wonderland of Spitsbergen; a journey across the Arctic Circle will take you to places few others have gone before.

Wild Scotland + Across the Arctic Circle – 50% Savings
Oban, Scotland to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
25 Days – 13 June 2017 to 6 July 2017

• Kayak through sea caves and serene lochs
• Visit World-Heritage listed St Kilda
• Visit Lofoten Islands’ spectacuar fjords
• Spot reindeer and ringed seals in Spitsbergen

Across the Arctic Circle + Spitsbergen Odyssey – 50% Savings
Aberdeen, Scotland to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
25 Days – 23 June 2017 to 16 July 2017

• Follow humpbacks towards the Norwegian coast
• Explore abandoned whaling stations
• Spot walrus, ringed seals and possibly polar bears
• Photograph delicate Arctic tundra in Spitsbergen

Due to their dwindling numbers, it’s not guaranteed you will spot a polar bear. But even if travellers aren’t lucky enough to see one of these creatures in their natural habitat, they will still gain a thorough understanding of their way of life with experts on board explaining more about the predicament facing the Arctic regions and the wildlife that calls it home.

(Aurora Expeditions)