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The Arctic


The Arctic is a huge area. There is no clear agreement on its extent, no simple geographical or even political definition of its territory.

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The Arctic has stunning coastal scenery and a wealth of wildlife, from narwhals and belugas to glaciers and tundra, and not to mention polar bears and gyrfalcons. The permanent home to only a handful of hardy creatures, it is an inhospitable place for much of the year. But come summer, the region explodes with life. Plankton flourishes to support fish, seals and whales, a huge number of shorebirds and waterfowl arrive to take advantage of flourishing insect life. For a few short months there is endless daylight and a parade of wildlife delights. At risk of climate change and industrial exploitation, it needs all the help it can get.

Tony Soper, author of The Arctic: the Bradt Guide

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Wildlife highlights of the Bering Sea

Check out our handy guide to the wildlife highlights of the Bering Sea, which stretches from the Aleutians to the Chukchi Sea and Wrangel Island.

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A history of Arctic exploration

Expert author, Tony Soper, uncovers the history of the pioneers of Arctic exploration.

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The world’s best whale-watching destinations

With whale-watching being the fastest-growing tourist activity worldwide, you may be keen to catch a glimpse of some for yourself. Here are some of the best destinations to do so.

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