In this ride you are aboard a flight simulator as you make your way to the Wild Arctic research station. The ride begins with lift off in a helicopter that launches you high in the air and flies over the frozen wilderness. Far below you'll see a herd of caribou, a polar bear family and some huskies pulling a sled.
Then the helicopter stops on the edge of a glacier, and, uh oh! It can't hold the helicopter’s weight! You end up falling off the edge of the glacier and then swooping through a ravine filled with jagged rocks. You nearly collide with falling blocks of ice. Now you're in the middle of an avalanche, the helicopter gets shaken and smashed, but you make it out in one piece!
It's a great introduction to the Wild Arctic exhibit where you'll see beluga whales, polar bears and walruses up close.
If you suffer from neck or back problems you might want to skip this ride, because it can get quite jolty in places.
Those who choose the “non-motion” alternative for their voyage to the Wild Arctic, are escorted past the three simulators to a stationary room where they watch the same video, before entering the Arctic base station.