All About West Spitsbergen and Arctic Polar Ice


Remote and rugged, striking and surreal, West Spitsbergen is a unique and wonderful Arctic destination better known as the "realm of the polar bear."

The largest island of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago, Spitsbergen is one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas. It lies equidistant from mainland Norway and the North Pole, making it a great staging area for historic expeditions to the North Pole, including those of Roald Amundsen and Walter Wellman.

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10 Things You (Probably) Never Knew About the Faroe Islands


The Faroe Islands, a hidden gem of an archipelago in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, hold a wealth of beauty and unusual, spectacular experiences.

Those aware of the Faroe Islands see them as mysterious and otherworldly – and they're right. If you haven't yet heard of the Faroe Islands, get ready for some serious wanderlust.

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8 Fascinating Facts About Famous Antarctic Explorers



Antarctica is a fascinating, mysterious place. Discovered less than 200 years ago by Charles Wilkes, our southernmost continent is still revealing its secrets to us today.

We wouldn't know anything about this remote, other-worldly place if it weren't for the fearless and endlessly curious explorers who have made the long trek south.

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Life in the Arctic: Polar Biodiversity with #WWFVoices


Juvenile Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)

Are polar bears really as threatened by climate change as the news would have us believe?

Why are most Arctic species found nowhere else?

What is the impact of human activity in the Arctic on species that live there?

These are just some of the questions about polar biodiversity that came flooding into the Facebook Live event we hosted recently in Svalbard, for WWF’s #WWFVoices. We had viewers from Sri Lanka to Sierra Leone, tuning in to see the mystery and the majesty of Arctic wildlife which undoubtedly captivated audiences all around the world.

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The Best Times (And Places) To See the Northern Lights


Seeing the Northern Lights – also known as Aurora Borealis – is a bucket-list item for many people. And no wonder: The naturally occurring phenomenon completely transforms the Arctic sky.

Fantastic shades of green and blue, and sometimes even yellows, pinks, and reds, create giant, illuminated ribbons that dance across the sky.

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What To Look For In An Antarctic Cruise


If a cruise to Antarctica is on your bucket list, there's a lot to think about when it comes to voyaging to the planet's southern-most continent.

From the best time to go to trip length and the size of the ship, you have many options for exploring the continent that's "roughly the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined."

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Top 10 Scientific Discoveries in Antarctica


Here's still a lot of things we don't know about Antarctica. The last discovered and least explored continent of Antarctica holds many mysteries, but the things early explorers and modern-day scientists have discovered are quite amazing.

From alien-finding bacteria to animals tapping into the Earth's magnetic field,  here are 10 of the top scientific discoveries in Antarctica.

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What's the Difference Between the Arctic and Antarctica?


The Arctic and Antarctica might seem quite similar at first glance: Mountainous, snow-covered landscapes and icebergs, whales, and nesting seabirds by the tens of thousands. But they are polar opposites – literally – and in many other ways you might not expect.

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Slideshow: 50 Years of Victory Journeys to the North Pole


Each Summer during June or July, Poseidon Expeditions begins its North Pole season. The international expedition team leads three voyages a year to the geographic North Pole, hosting travelers from across the globe.

Passengers board the 75,000-horsepower, nuclear-powered icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, in Murmansk, Russia, and crush their way through the Barents Sea, where whales are a common sight, and Arctic ice as they head toward 90° North Latitude.

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7 Common Misconceptions About The Arctic


What thoughts come to mind when you think of the Arctic?

Cold. Bare. Gray.

While the northernmost parts of our planet are cold, many of the other common beliefs about the region are often quite far from the facts.

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