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Arctic Cruise on the Akademik Ioffe: A journey through Spitsbergen, Eastern Greenland & Iceland with a group of 21 students and teachers from the China Association for Scientific Expedition.

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The group in front of the China stationThe TeachersPolar bear and cubSealSpectacular ice formation

Beau Pinkerton and I just finished a cruise thru the NW Passage from W. Greenland to Kugluktuk, Nunavut above Alberta in Sept 2012. The crew and staff were fantastic, thefood ''off the chart'', and …

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Franklin Exp. Gravesite, Beechey IslandHudson\'s Bay Building
Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica
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Jenny Johnston
Polar trips may seem a bit intimidating, even to well-seasoned travelers.  However, both regions are more accessible and more traveled than many assume.  Adventure Life is a leader in polar …
Le Soleal sails blue waters
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Jenny Johnston
Small ship adventure cruising is not a new way to travel.  However, it has often been characterized by rugged, expedition-style vessels.  Upscale ships, such as Le Soleal, reflect a shift …
The beauty of the Aurora Borealis.
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Jenny Johnston
You may remember our blog post about the Mystery of Franklin's Lost Ships and the upcoming search expedition on the One Ocean Voyager.  Well, now we can share the exciting news …
Mary in the Arctic
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Jenny Johnston
Adventure Life Trip Planner, Mary, has unique plans for her upcoming birthday. Despite a cake, and a song, and well-wishes, this celebration will definitely be like none other she has ever …
Arctic northern lights on a small ship cruise
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Jenny Johnston
Captain Sir John Franklin departed England in 1845 on his fourth, and final, Arctic expedition. A Royal Navy officer and experienced explorer, Franklin was leading this voyage that was meant to …
Polar bear balances on the ice in the Arctic
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Jenny Johnston
Thanks to Coca-Cola commercials and cartoons, we are led to believe that polar bears and penguins coexist in harmony on both of the world's icy poles.  As cute as it may seem, that image of …
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Mary Curry
Marathon on the Sea Adventurer Our Arctic cruise itinerary has been flexible, adjusting due to rapidly changing ice conditions. We end up with a couple of extra days at sea as we navigate the ice …
Northern bottlenose whale greets our ship!
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Mary Curry
Northern bottlenose whale greets our ship! I'm talking with our Arctic cruise expedition leader at the bridge, curious about our progress across the Davis Strait from Greenland to Canada. …
The newest members of the Sissimiut dog sled team
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Mary Curry
The newest members of the Sissimiut dog sled team This morning we stop in Sisimiut, a picturesque village of colorful homes scattered on the hillside over the town. We walk around the town and visit …
Kittiwakes at the Arctic's Sondrestrom Fjord
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Mary Curry
Kittiwakes at the Arctic's Sondrestrom Fjord Today during our Arctic adventure, we explore a glacier in the Sondrestrom Fjord via zodiac. The glacier is an impressive wall of ice. Kittiwakes fly …
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Mary Curry
First Zodiac to Sea Adventure Today we arrived in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and the start of our mother-daughter Arctic cruise. At nearly 70 degrees, we quickly stripped out of our layers and …
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Mary Curry
Thanks to the last minute adjustments that had to be made to our itinerary to accommodate ice conditions, we end up with a free morning to head inland to the Greenland ice cap before boarding the …
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Mary Curry
"Nanook!" We spot of polar bears; mother and two cubs! Today we're at the bird cliffs where hundreds of Murres and Kittiwakes nest in the clifftops. The ice we are standing on will be open ocean …
Sunset while kayaking at floe edge
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Mary Curry
Sea kayaking in the Arctic -- the land of the midnight sun. We're sitting at the floe edge hoping to catch a glimpse of the pods of narwhal that generally travel along the edge in the upcoming …
Komatiks traveling to Floe Edge
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Mary Curry
Mary crosses the ice on komatiks, enroute to base camp. Today we are traveling across the frozen ocean on komatiks, wooden sledges pulled by snowmobiles, to our Arctic base camp. The ride is …
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Mary Curry
In flight to the Arctic! Talk about solitude... I'm on my way to northern Baffin Island, specifically Pond Inlet, a small community in northern Nunavut where sightings of narwhal and polar bear …
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Elizabeth Conway
Wildlife viewing on an Arctic tour While on a Galapagos tour or an Antarctica cruise you can literally trip over the wildlife if you're not paying attention. However, we can all use a little …

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