As Father's Day approaches, you may be wondering what to get the man who has everything. He may say he'll just be happy to see you or get a phone call, but we all know how much fun it is to give gifts. It's also true that research increasingly suggests experiences make us happier than receiving or buying objects does, according to Fast Company Coexist, so look to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to really win dad over this Father's Day. If he's got shelves full of books about far-flung places and stalwart explorers, one of the best experiences you could give him is a cruise fit for an adventurer. Read on to see a few ideal destinations:
There's nowhere on earth more suited for a born adventurer than Antarctica. While cruises are much easier than early expeditions to the South Pole, they're still trips that demand a lot of those who choose to undertake them. The terrain hasn't changed, after all, and the only permanent structures that have gone up are either monuments to past explorers or research stations. If your dad has a yen for extreme outdoor experiences, he'll appreciate rides in Zodiac boats and even a walk around Antarctic terrain. And even if he doesn't let on, he'll be charmed by fluffy, fearless penguins.
The northern answer to an Antarctic voyage is a trip to Spitsbergen, located in the Arctic region of Norway. It's home to so many polar bears your dad won't be able to leave settled areas without an armed guard. It's not all about the polar bears, though. If your dad chooses to visit in the summer, there will be sun all day and all night - and the winter brings its own charms. Excursions in Spitsbergen range from dog-sledding expeditions to trips to old mining towns. The area is rich in history and culture, and is ideal as a culminating experience after a Norway cruise up the coast to take in the beauty of the fjords.
If different cultures are what interests your father, send him on a cruise to Greenland, where he can meet the Inuit people and experience their homeland for himself. Friendly and welcoming, the Inuit are happy to share the details of their culture and way of life with travelers to Greenland.