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VASSDesign: Polar Time Travel through Art and Design

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The history of the Polar Regions and the ambitious journeys to them are intriguing; when you travel to these remote destinations, you can't help but feel you're experiencing life the same way explorers might have lived centuries ago.

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Meet the Albatross: An Imposing Sight, Struggling to Survive

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Few sights are as breathtaking as an albatross in flight. In addition to its overall beauty and grace, the albatross has the largest wingspan of any bird, measuring as wide as 12 feet. Weighing up to 20 pounds on average, they're difficult to miss on your polar expedition.

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Top 10 Gear and Accessories for Polar Travel

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Don’t Leave Home without Them

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Get to Know Quark’s Onboard Experts

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Exploring the Polar Regions will take you to some of the most extreme, remote and incredible places on the planet. The sheer wonder of waking up to the distinct crack of a calving iceberg, or greeting a friendly penguin outside your tent, or spotting a polar bear across an expanse of flowering tundra – these are the experiences that change travelers for life.

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Top 5 Bird Cliffs in the Arctic

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Explorers and polar wildlife photographers have long loved taking pictures of different types of arctic birds. A variety of bird species can be found here, each bringing a unique sense of joy to those lucky enough to catch a glimpse.

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From Vikings to Elves – the Extreme Contrasts of Iceland

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Mighty, fearsome Vikings come to mind when North Americans conjure up stereotypical Icelandic imagery. But Vikings aren't remembered with the same sense of awe in most of modern-day Iceland. 

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Honoring Sir Ernest Shackleton in South Georgia

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The year was 1914. Sir Ernest Shackleton, along with a crew of 27 men, took to the high seas in hopes of becoming the first group of explorers to traverse the Antarctic continent.

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Beyond Reykjavik: Iceland Off the Beaten Path

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While the city of Reykjavik may easily compete with the best cities in the world for nightlife and great dining, a true adventurer travels the lesser-known, often more interesting spots – the secret hideaways only the most serious explorers venture into.

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An Arctic Expedition Through The Northeast Passage

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The Sea Less Traveled

Although it may be hard to believe, the Northeast Passage is even more elusive for adventure travelers than the Northwest Passage.

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Meet Scientist in Residence Anni Djurhuus

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Polar researchers and scientists with all types of specialities work across the Arctic and Antarctic regions to learn more about these unique areas and their delicate ecosystems. Finding the funding to travel to the most remote places on earth is an ongoing challenge, though; often, individuals and institutions alike simply can't afford it.

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