What does the future hold for the polar regions? Q&A with explorer Felicity Aston

The explorer and former climate scientist reflects on the fragile, frozen environments at the ends of the earth and the challenges they continue to face.

Antarctica: Polar swimming

Black ash dusts enormous glaciers rising from the shingled beach. It’s -4C, the peak of Antarctic summer, and light snow is falling from the sky

Tourism in Antarctica: what does it mean for the world's last great wilderness?

Tourism in Antarctica is set to increase. But what does this mean for the world's last great wilderness?

Antarctica: Polar plunge

Come on in — the water's freezing in the Southern Ocean, but a polar plunge is a rite of passage for cruise visitors to the white continent

Antarctica: Forever searching for Snow Hill Island

This remote, mysterious and isolated realm of the emperor penguin is just one of a succession of high points on a jubilant foray into the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica: Wild camping

"So you're volunteering for self-inflicted pain?" teases our waitress, Charlotte, aboard the Oceanwide Expedition-owned Ortelius. "Sure are!" we chime, as confidently as possible, as we kit up to spend a night sleeping on the Antarctic Peninsula.