by Hunter R. Slaton | July 01, 2008

Three Camel Lodge

Over the hump. At 500,000 square miles, Mongolia’s Gobi Desert is Asia’s largest. A great way to experience this desolate wonder is through Nomadic Expeditions’ remote Three Camel Lodge, which offers 45 luxury gers (traditional nomadic dwellings) and can arrange camel treks and horseback riding. www.threecamellodge.com

 

  

 Whichaway camp

Final Frontier. Each year, White Desert leads four exclusive trips (10 guests each) within Antarctica. All are based from the outfitter’s Whichaway camp, perched above a 200-foot icefall. Two excursions visit an emperor penguin colony; the other two focus on ice climbing, kite skiing and more. www.white-desert.com

 

 

 

 

 Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert

 

Arabian nights. Abercrombie & Kent’s 10-day Extreme Adventure through Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert re-creates the journey of T.E. Lawrence, the real-life Lawrence of Arabia. Participants travel via camel caravan and sleep in Bedouin tents. www.akextremeadventures.com

 

Hotel Arctic 

  

Cold comfort. In winter, dogsled expeditions can be arranged for guests at Greenland’s sturdy, four-star Hotel Arctic, which offers 87 rooms (33 in a new wing called Umiaq, Greenlandic for “women’s boat”). From May to October, five aluminum “igloo” cabins are added to the room inventory. www.hotel-arctic.com