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Antarctica’s Lesser Known Explorers: Meet Captain Lawrence Oates

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In the early days of Antarctic exploration, persons of exceptional character fascinated by the lure of notoriety and adventure traveled to the most remote regions area on Earth, many with hopes of being among the first to discover new resources, wildlife and shipping routes. Stories of these men, whose fortitude in the face of appalling hardships are difficult to fathom (especially today!), still inspire adventurers today. You’ll learn about several famous explorers on your Antarctic cruise, and also the not-so-famous.

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Take a Hike – Greenland’s Scenic Beauty & Challenging Terrain

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Hiking is a wonderful way to experience the epic beauty of Greenland, and as such is an activity offered on our Greenland cruises, weather permitting. Greenland offers hiking for all intensity levels and prior to each excursion, your expedition team will let you know how to dress and what to expect. Participation is always optional!

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10 Reasons to Visit Greenland

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Remarkable landscapes, exceptional wildlife, iceberg-choked fjords and colorful tundra make Greenland, as seen here on this video, different from anywhere else in the world. If you’re sitting on the fence and unsure of what to do in Greenland, here are a few ideas:

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The Lady and the Kapitan: A Polar Love Story

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Karina Taylor loves to travel, and for years she has been passionate about a Kapitan.

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Meet the Expedition Heroes of Kapitan Khlebnikov

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Legendary Russian icebreaker and polar pioneer, the mighty Kapitan Khlebnikov, makes its anticipated return to navigate uncharted terrains. Purpose-built and designed to maneuver through dense pack ice, the ice-class Khlebnikov provides unparalleled access to the most remote areas of the Arctic, as well as extraordinary opportunities to flight-see on two on-board helicopters.

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How to Get to the Arctic

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In New England, they have a saying, “You can’t get there from here.” It’s often used by people being asked for directions to a place that can’t be described without a long and complicated explanation. 

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Greenland: An Arctic Wildlife Adventure

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Guest Post by: Kirstine Dinesen, www.Greenland.com

Greenland has a diverse wildlife population on land, in the sea and sky, despite the fact that an icecap covers 80% of the island. 

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Nobu Shirase, Japan’s Little Known Antarctic Explorer

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 You may not know his name or his accomplishments, but Japanese explorer Nobu Shirase is remembered today as an unlikely – and almost successful – challenger for the title of first man to reach the South Pole.

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Name the Quark polar bear - the Winning Name

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Our polar bear has a name! Out of 710 contest entries we narrowed it down to our top 5 - then put it to a vote on our facebook page! You had your say and the winning name is....

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10 Things to Do on a Layover in Murmansk

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While traveling to and from your arctic cruise, there are plenty of intriguing places on the globe to layover. Murmansk, Russia, is one of the largest and most populated, and provides a mini-vacation in itself. Quark’s North Pole expedition provides an exciting voyage aboard the world’s most powerful icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, beginning and ending in Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. Here are 10 things to see and do in Murmansk, and get the most out of your trip.

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