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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.
The story of polar exploration involves many nations and peoples, some of whom remain buried in the Arctic, Antarctica and surrounding regions. Some of these grave sites are still accessible to intrepid travelers each year. Voyagers on today’s guided polar trips love to retrace the steps of the first explorers, visit their historical grave sites and imagine what life must have been like for the determined brave souls who ignored warnings to venture no further.
Seabirds are one of the glories of the Galapagos and this elegant and buoyant flyer with wide wing span doesn’t disappoint. Found breeding on the coastal Islands, pomarine skua are great travelers and migrate once a year to spend the winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
The waters around the extraordinary Galapagos Islands are a photographer’s wonderland. This area is home to a remarkable collection of species - according to the Galapagos Conservancy, more than 20% of the marine species in the Galapagos are unique.
A number of Quark expeditions, including those in Greenland and Canada’s High Arctic, provide an opportunity to spend time in the cozy and friendly town of Kangerlussuaq. Offering easy access to the Greenland Ice Cap, Kangerlussuaq provides a relaxing landscape of breathtaking scenery, over 300 days of clear sky every year, and a stunning start or finale to any Greenland cruise. If you are looking for ways to make the most of your layover, here are 10 things to do in Kangerlussuaq.