Would you Surf in the Arctic?

As beautiful as it is to watch, surfing can be an intense sport: athletes are at risk of being pummelled by waves, pounded on rocks, held underwater and, yes, there is the ever-present concern of shark attack. And that’s just if you’re in the warm waters of Hawaii or California! Imagine hiring a surfing guide to take you to the best waves… in the high arctic! But that’s exactly what photographer Chris Burkard and professional surfers Patrick Millin and Brett Barley did and they recorded it all in this video called “Arctic Swell.” The adventurers braved sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic Circle to “capture moments of raw beauty in conditions that rank among the harshest in the natural world. The bitterly cold seas and wind exact a large price on their minds and bodies, but the reward – adventure, amazement, and self-knowledge – draws them closer together and pushes them to tackle the next frontier in surfing.” (According to the film’s promo literature.)

We definitely won’t be surfing in the waters around Alaska, Iceland or the Yukon anytime soon but what this film did highlight for us was the absolute beauty of those northern realms. With their stunning seaside vistas, starkly beautiful terrain, and, of course, the magical aurora borealis, we definitely want to visit. And what better way to explore these areas than with an arctic guide who will ensure you stay (relatively) warm and safe. They’ll show you everything from the unique wildlife of the north to active volcanoes to natural hot springs and the best part is you won’t have to brave -2°C water in a wetsuit in order to experience it all!

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