Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

For hundreds of years, travel to the North Pole represented the pinnacle of pioneering endeavors. This remote, icy realm on top of the world stirred the hearts and minds of countless adventurers, daring them to discover the vast wilderness of the Arctic North. Even today, many consider the chance to reach 90ºN as an astounding travel achievement worthy of adding to their bucket lists. Now you can be one of the few to experience life at its most mysterious on MIR's once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the North Pole. Retrace the path of early polar explorers as you cruise aboard the world’s largest icebreaker, keeping a lookout for the astonishing array of wildlife in the Arctic and enjoying fantastic views of an endless, frozen icescape. Read More



Birdwatching in Bulgaria: An Interview with Expert Iordan Hristov

Birdwatching in Bulgaria: An Interview with Expert Iordan Hristov

Bulgaria may not be on your shortlist of places to travel, but if you're a lover of the great outdoors, it should be. Stacked above Greece on the Balkan Peninsula, this little-known country is home to some of Europe's most diverse, untamed, and unspoiled landscapes. Since the country has remained relatively untouched compared to the rest of Europe, Bulgaria can boast an exceptionally rich array of plant species and wildlife - in particular, birds. The country's temperate climate offers plenty of year-round opportunities to go birdwatching, and its 11 Ramsar Sites and protected wildlife areas ensure that Bulgaria's wildlife can continue to flourish here for years to come. We caught up with Bulgarian birdwatching expert Iordan Hristov, who's led several birding tours to Bulgaria for MIR clients, to learn more about what makes this country such a boon for birders. Read More


Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

The lands north of the Arctic Circle are a remarkable study in contrasts. Winters this far north bring long nights, yet offer plenty of festive, frosty cheer. Summertime answers with 24 hours of luminous daylight, luring exuberant throngs of people outdoors. Regardless of when you visit, the changes in seasons allow travelers to see these lands at their most beautiful, whether under a blanket of fresh snowfall, or in full color during the few brief weeks of “White Nights.” They’re also among the few places where you can witness two of the earth’s most photogenic phenomena: the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer. Now travelers can rendezvous with these celestial sights and more on two luxury rail journeys by private train or one exciting expedition by icebreaker. Whether you’re a polar explorer or a sun-worshipper, a craver of culture or an adventurer, you’re bound to experience something decidedly different as you make your way beyond the Arctic Circle. Read More