Traveling With the Oscars

by Matthew Link

The Flick: An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Oscar Nods: Winner for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song

The Setting: Greenland, and the rest of the doomed globe!

Hot Stuff: No, hearing Al Gore give a PowerPoint lecture on global warming isn't our idea of a vacation, either. But the evidence he presents—the scientific certainty that human activity is heating up the planet—is something all travelers will start to notice, if they haven't already. Gore talks about the effects global warming has already had on the Colorado River, the Alps, Antarctica, and particularly Greenland. This massive, icy-blue island is one of the world's last majestic wildernesses, where the spectacular, remote emptiness is untouched by man. Well, almost: NASA surveys show that the Greenland ice sheet is melting off about 1.25 trillion gallons of water each year. Already, Greenland's 57,000 inhabitants are watching nervously as glaciers retreat and bays no longer freeze over as they did just a few years ago. The verdict: Better go soon. Pack your mittens (but not your bikini—yet) and join Norwegian Coastal Voyage for a cruise along Greenland's southern and eastern shore, also visiting Disko Bay (pictured), known for its glaciers and ice flows. Starting in May 2007, its brand-new MS Fram will take passengers to see glaciers calve icebergs the size of ten-story buildings—with lecturers explaining why that's becoming a thing of the past. Also in May, Air Greenland debuts its first direct U.S. flights (from Baltimore), along with hotel packages and close-up excursions by boat, land, and helicopter.

Norwegian Coastal Voyage
Tel: 800 323 7436
Trips from $4,148 to $20,562 per person

Air Greenland
Tel: 877 245 0739
Air/land packages from $2,350 per person

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