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THE ITINERARIES Antarctic Explorer This ultimate adventure takes you along the spine of the Antarctic Peninsula. Your expedition ship was designed to sail remote routes such as the legendary Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, with its calving glaciers, crackling icebergs and unrivaled wildlife encounters. Arctic Adventure Sail from Tromsø to Svalbard into breathtaking fjords, surrounded by stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife—including walruses, whales, reindeer and the iconic polar bear. Here, on top of the world, you will find remote human outposts including a former whaling station, a Russian mining settlement and the world’s northernmost city. Visit viking.com for more information fjords, these remote places will unfold before your eyes as you relax in the comfort of your state-of-the-art stateroom. Viking Resident Scientists— including naturalists, geologists, polar experts and expedition leaders—help bring the regions we visit to life, from insightful lectures and workshops to unparalleled opportunities to experience them up close and personal. Viking offers a variety of ways for you to experience your destinations by both land and sea, according to your interests and activity level. Expedition equipment—from RIBs and kayaks to specialty land equipment​—gives you an unparalleled vantage and is included with each excursion. After a day of exploring, you can return to your ship to enjoy panoramic views in open, relaxing 16 VIKING.COM EXPLORE MORE 2020

EXPEDITION ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS The late 19th and early 20th centuries marked a time of intense international interest in Antarctica. In 1910, a party of explorers led by Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first to reach the South Pole, followed by a party led by British naval officer Robert F. Scott just five weeks later. More widely known is the triumphant survival story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew. In 1914, Shackleton led the crew of the ship Endurance on a quest to traverse Antarctica via the South Pole. When their ship became trapped in ice, the team was forced to abandon the mission. While Shackleton’s objective was not achieved, he was able to bring all 27 men back alive—a feat that has entrenched him in international polar exploration lore forever. Clockwise, from above: Expedition team on shore; explorer Roald Amundsen; Adélie penguin; studying Arctic rock formation; Svalbard reindeer Scandinavian spaces offering comfortable furnishings and refined finishes not usually found on expedition ships. Settle in to the Aquavit Bar for an afternoon glass of wine, or visit the Explorers’ Lounge to catch a piano performance. Recharge in the sauna and enjoy the Nordic bathing ritual of alternating between hot and cold, from our sauna to our snow shower. RACE TO THE NORTH POLE Accounts differ as to who was the first to reach the North Pole. On September 7, 1909, the New York Times announced to its readers that explorer Robert E. Peary had discovered the North Pole in April of that year; however, a week earlier, the New York Herald had reported that Dr. Frederick A. Cook had reached it in April of 1908. Over the years there has been much debate over which claim was correct, with Peary’s story generally accepted over Cook’s. But no consensus could be established until 1969, when British explorer Wally Herbert, as leader of the 15-month British Trans-Arctic Expedition, definitively made his way to the North Pole, becoming the first person to be fully recognized for doing so. EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 17