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Arctic Encounters: Ice World

Crackling glaciers, roaming reindeers and polar bears – the Arctic might be at the edge of the world, but it sure is bursting with life. By Nellie Huang | Originally published in WildJunket Magazine February/March 2012. olar bear on starboard!” I’d been so transfixed by the dazzling white ice field that I hadn’t noticed a [...]

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The Polar Dip: Swimming in the Arctic Waters

// “Run!” My expedition leader shouts. There’s no turning back. Despite the heavy snow, I’ve peeled off my parka, fleece, gore-tex, hat, socks and boots. Within seconds, my feet is numb and my hair is standing. In nothing more than my bikini, I race my fellow expedition mates towards the freezing waters. In the icy [...]

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Video: Playing with Walruses in the Arctic

// “Roaw roaw..” Our expedition guide Frank Todd called. The resident biologist who’d spent decades working with marine mammals, obviously had some tricks up his sleeves. It wasn’t long before an inquisitive group of over 25 walruses swam up to him, snotting and whistling as they waddled their way onshore. One of them came so [...]

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Nordaustlandet, the Arctic

A walrus and its calf lounging on a floating ice sheet near Nordaustlandet in the Arctic.

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Arctic Expedition

Walrus on ice

I’ve just returned from an Arctic expedition with Gap Adventures, onboard their formidable MS Expedition cruise.  While circumnavigating the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic, we saw over 15 polar bears, came across a herd of over 100 walruses, climbed a massive glacier and even swam in the freezing Arctic waters. The Arctic conditions might be [...]

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Video: An Intimate Polar Bear Encounter in the Arctic

// “There it is!” A fellow passenger pointed out to a vanilla-colored fur ball in the midst of the dazzling white ice field.  The Arctic can play tricks on your eyes – under the glaring midnight sun and the reflective ice, it was easy to let your imagination run wild. I grabbed my coat and [...]

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Arctic Highlights: Polar Bears, the Midnight Sun and Crackling Glaciers

// I’ve just returned from an Arctic expedition, still struggling to piece together the touching memories and overwhelming sensations. My mind is trying to process what it was that moved me so – was it the surreal beauty, the extreme conditions or the rich wildlife? Perhaps it was the rare sensation of being literally at [...]

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Updates from the Arctic: Sailing Onboard the MS Expedition Cruise

// I’ve swapped the heat of Madagascar for the ice-cold chills of the Arctic, leaving behind sun-kissed beaches in exchange for glaciers, fjords and the midnight sun. Currently writing to you from Longyearbyen, I’m sitting in my cosy hotel lobby, looking out to a view of the fjord and pointed peaks. Longyearbyen is the world’s [...]

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