Photo: A polar bear leaping from an ice floe

A young polar bear leaps between drifts of Barents Sea ice in Svalbard, Norway’s Arctic archipelago. Glacial ice covers more than half of the island chain, which lies 400 miles (640 kilometers) north of the Norwegian mainland.

Photograph by Paul Nicklen

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    Discover Arctic Norway by Zodiac, kayak, and hiking on an 11-day voyage aboard the National Geographic Explorer. View deep fjords and snowcapped mountains, and watch for magnificent wildlife including polar bears, walruses, and seals.

     

     

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