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Arctic Travel: Exploring on your own or with Arctic Tour Group? Two Different Ways to Discover the North

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Traveling to the Arctic is a once in a lifetime adventure for some, while others have made it a semi-annual or even annual tradition, exploring different areas or returning to favorite regions with each visit. Whether it's your first trip to the Arctic Circle or your tenth, is it better to travel alone or accompanied by an Arctic tour group? There are a number of factors to consider, but it really all comes down to the experience you seek. Here are some considerations as you decide:

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Sochi 2014 Games: Olympic torch visits the North Pole

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For the first time in history the Olympic flame was brought to the North Pole, on board Quark's nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, as part of the torch relay to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. The icebreaker, which departed from Russia's Arctic port of Murmansk, made the journey in about 91 hours, the quickest trip ever - 50 Years of Victory can take up to eight days to travel north. Once the ship reached 90 degrees North, expedition members performed a torch relay both aboard the icebreaker and on the sea ice.

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Top 5 reasons to visit the North Pole!

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1. Be one of 250 people each year to stand on top of the world

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Quark Expeditions’ at the top of the World with 50 Years of Victory

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Ship will carry Sochi Olympic Flame to the North Pole.

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Welcome to the North Pole!

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A polar bear appears to wave lazily at passing Quark Expeditions passengers: "Welcome to the North Pole!"

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North Pole bound

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Russian Icebreaker The 50 Years of Victory heads north in this incredible photo from our July 2012 North Pole cruise.

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