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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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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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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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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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Flying to Antarctica and the Arctic

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Flying to Antarctica and the Arctic means you can spend more time cruising and exploring the polar regions. And as polar-passionate people worldwide celebrate the first passenger jet touch-down in Antarctica, we’re reminded just how far we’ve come from the days when treking the Polar Regions often took weeks or months at a time.

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Beluga Whales Parade & Play in Cunningham River

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High above the Arctic Circle, the inlet at the mouth of the river running through the barren tundra on Somerset Island, Nunavut, comes alive each summer. Pods of hundreds of beluga whales, from the air, resemble something out of a science fiction movie.

It's an almost unbelievable sight: close to 2,000 majestic white belugas, nicknamed "sea canaries" for their high-pitched whistles and clicking, play and parade for visitors at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, a beluga whale watching hotspot.

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Explore Arctic Climate Conservation Issues with Frances Ulmer of the Nature Conservancy

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To say it’s an interesting time for climate change scientists and policymakers may be the understatement of the decade. The Badlands National Park Service account on Twitter went rogue shortly after the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, tweeting out a series of climate change facts in defiance his administration. A new account that claims it’s operated by the unofficial “Resistance team of NASA” has attracted over 350,000 Twitter followers in mere days and is sounding the alarm over science-denial, as well as promoting the upcoming Science March on Washington.

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Wondering How to Get to the North Pole? Try a Nuclear Icebreaker

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by Miranda Miller

Imagine stepping out onto multi-year sea ice metres thick, a glass of champagne in hand, at the one place in the entire world where a look in any direction is a look south. Standing at the North Pole is an epic travel goal only a select few will ever experience in their lifetime.

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