Trek to an Igloo Village
Think Inuit life is easy? Then think again. An experience offered by Abercrombie & Kent Extreme Adventures starts at Scoresbysund, Greenland, the world's largest fjord, where you immediately hop onto a dogsled for a four-hour ride across the desolate, frozen landscape, in between mountains and enormous icebergs. You may see Arctic fox, Arctic hare, musk ox, wolves, walruses and more. Your lodging for the night (all nights, actually) will be an igloo, the traditional home of Greenland's indigenous people, the Inuit. Day two is devoted to finding a few polar bears. While people often think they're fuzzy and cute, polar bears are actually dangerous predators, and you'll be instructed on exactly what to do if a bear approaches (and it's not toss marshmallows at him). During your final days, you'll explore both a deserted Inuit village and a populated one; at the latter, you'll hang with the locals and learn how they've survived so long in such harsh surroundings [source: AK Extreme Adventures]. Other companies offer Greenland adventures with different itineraries as well.