You'd prefer some sun, you say? You got it! But in Antarctica, there is no sun without ice, and they all play with the water if you happen to be kayaking on the Antarctic Ocean. Look at the picture below and imagine: you're kayaking with your eyes closed, listening to the paddle shifting away little pieces of ice in the water, while the sun warms you up. Then, you feel it's hiding away behind - Full gear in reverse! You about to crash into that iceberg!
But being on the water, with you eyes closed and meditating to the sound of the wind can be done in calmer water as well, such as lakes in the sub-Arctic where you can grab a canoe, a professional model(?) and and be the back seat driver for an hour of meditation! Say with me: Ohm!
The interaction of man and wilderness isn't always so peaceful and collaborative, though. Take, for example, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), an island far out in the Arctic Ocean above Norway. during the 17th and 18th centuries, the ocean around that island was so crowded with whales that stories from back then tell about boats having to plow their way among the whales. That made it easy hunting, very easy.
I know: this is horrible! But consider this: during the early days of the Industrial Revolution in the UK and Europe, a period which changed mankind forever--and for the better-- the oil extracted from the Minke whales was carried back to the UK and used to provide light and heat to the newly built factories. Was it worse it? No matter what your answer is, going on shore in Svalbard and getting so up close and personal clearly leaves an impression:
For sure, there are lots of spiritual moments in the Arctic, and I've written about them in previous posts. Consider the following photo: a lone Polar Bear standing on a hill, sniffing.
Read my post So what About This Arctic Bug?