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ON LOCATION WITH KARINE

ON LOCATION WITH KARINE Karine Hagen, Executive Vice President of Viking, shares her latest adventures and learnings from her travels around the world There are a few experiences in life that leave me without words. Our recent venture to Svalbard, and the closest permanently inhabited settlement to the North Pole, did just that. Being so far from civilization and losing a sense of time due to the never-setting sun was a life-changing experience. For the first time in my life, I truly felt I was a guest of nature—an important and humbling experience. 94 VIKING.COM EXPLORE MORE 2020

TRAVEL Stop, look & listen On Svalbard, I learned just how much time is one of life’s true luxuries. Amid the absence of manufactured noise, we can take the time to listen to the world around us and discover the magical sounds of nature: The cacophony of crackling ice; the flapping wings of a passing bird; the gentle bark of a seal pup. These are a few of the sounds of nature that the extremities of the world have to offer us. And in a seemingly barren land, the study of the mundane becomes a gateway to another world: the tiniest Saxifraga, when observed through a field microscope, displays wonders of the world I had missed all my life. In taking time to stop, listen and look, a completely new perspective and appreciation of our world became mine. Heywood Hill, London Situated in the heart of Mayfair, this iconic literary landmark (featured in John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is a destination in itself, and which I recently visited with our film crew. A tiny but influential bookshop, awarded a Royal Warrant by the queen of England in 2011, Heywood Hill curates private book collections around the world. Under the guidance of Chairman Nicky Dunne, well-read experts curate all Viking onboard river and ocean ship libraries, and are currently building our expedition ship libraries with everything from biographies and novellas to books about art, photography and legendary explorers, intended to help deepen our guests’ understanding of the world, and in this particular case the polar regions. New Finse books My beloved Labrador, Finse, is the host of a series of books exploring the world. Most recently, Finse has ventured to the far corners of the world and beyond: The Arctic and Antarctica, and even farther away to explore the planets in our solar system. Other books in the series include Finse’s First Journey, Finse Explores Scandinavia, Finse Explores Europe and Finse Explores World Foods, as well as many others. FINSE EXPLORES THE UNIVERSE PLANETS Karine Hagen Suzy-Jane Tanner EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 95