One thing that surprised me when I ventured up to Arctic Svalbard with Silversea Expeditions last month: the number of comparisons between the Arctic and that other famous polar destination, Antarctica.

Antarctica is filled with beautiful moments like this…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests who had never been to Antarctica were curious as to how the two compared. Guests who had previously been to the famous White Continent outlined the differences. And of course, the question on everyone’s lips was, “which one is better?”

...but so is the Arctic. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…but so is the Arctic. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I sailed to Antarctica in January aboard Hurtigruten’s FRAM. Together with the Arctic, it had been my dream-destination for as long as I can remember. After having experienced both, I can honestly say that they’re life-changing experiences in their own right. But there are some important distinctions.

Penguins vs. Polar Bears

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