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The North Pole: A trip to the top

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This arcticle was originally published by Dale Templar in the National Geographic Traveller (UK), April 2017 issue.

It’s far from smooth sailing, but the epic journey to the North pole is richly rewarding. Those who make it join a select group of travellers who can say they’ve experienced 90 degrees North.

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Not Your Average Yoga Holiday: Practicing on an Antarctic Expedition

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Written by Elly MacDonald

Life onboard the Ocean Endeavour is exciting and fast-paced--there are Zodiac cruises and shore landings to prepare for, expert lectures to enjoy, delicious meals to enjoy with new friends, and so many amazing sights to see from the open decks. Practicing yoga on your Antarctic expedition is an excellent way to relax, heighten your senses and really open yourself to the experience.

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What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

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Top Breathtaking Baffin Island Landing Sites

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Baffin Island, the fifth largest island in the world, is still one of the wildest and most pristine places in the Canadian High Arctic. Home to a single large town – the provincial capital of Iqaluit – and a handful of small communities, Baffin Island spans over 195,000 square miles (507,451 sq km) of arctic tundra, glacial lakes and rivers, and towering mountains.

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Antarctic Kayak Adventures from an Experienced Kayaker’s Perspective

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As an adventure travel destination, Antarctica never disappoints--just ask David Noble of Merced, California. A veteran mountaineer, hiker, kayaker and avid fly fisherman, he’s travelled all over the world pursuing his passions. This past December, he joined us in the Antarctic on board the Ocean Endeavour.

We chatted with David after his Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent expedition. Here’s a guy who’s had kayaking adventures all over, who helped build the University of California Merced’s ‘Outdoor Experience’ program during his time with the organization. I was super interested to hear what he thought of Quark’s kayaking program, and what tips he had for other passengers.

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On the Front lines of Arctic Climate Change: Maureen Raymo at the North Pole Summit

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Long before climate change was one of the major social and political issues of our time, Maureen Raymo was already deeply involved. Her lifelong ambition to become an oceanographer took her to Brown University in the 1970s, where she had the opportunity to work in the marine geology lab with a noted paleoclimatologist. She fell in love with the field and has been a passionate expert and advocate ever since.

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Arctic Cruises: Close Encounters in the Kingdom of the Ice Bear

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This article was previously published by Dale Templar in the Telegraph

Most people wouldn’t put a week-long midsummer holiday where the weather was grey and dull in their top three holidays ever. But that was what happened when I travelled to the Arctic with Quark Expeditions.

“Take this,” a friend had said, thrusting a book into my hand the day before I was due to leave. “You’ll need a good book for a cruise.” By the end of the week I hadn’t even thumbed the first page.

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Greenland's Thule and Vikings - More Than Ancient History

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Greenland is well-known for landscapes you won’t see anywhere else in the world, but visitors are also wowed by the richness of its history. The preservation of historical sites and artifacts, as well as the residual effects of Thule and Viking occupation on the country’s culture, lets you experience Greenland from past to present on an Arctic expedition. What are Greenlandic people really like, and how have their culture and traditions shaped their modern lives? Let’s explore.

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What to Expect on Your Extreme Camping Trip in Antarctica: Part One

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I’m a pretty huge fan of camping, but I wouldn’t say I’m an “extreme” camper… at least, not anymore. I used to enjoy camping out in the wilds of Ontario and Alberta, even spending three months in a cabin in the Arctic, but glamping is more my speed now that we have a few kids and a dog.

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Drum Dancing at the Top of the World: David Serkoak’s Upcoming North Pole Journey

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Imagine the cultural thrill of witnessing an authentic Inuit drum circle, onboard a Russian nuclear icebreaker, bound for the North Pole. This July, during The North Pole Summit, Inuit Elder and celebrated educator David Serkoak will lead passengers and guests in the first-ever drum circle at the North Pole.

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