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Norway

Extreme North Polar bears, ice fields, forbidding

cliffs. Welcome to Arctic Circle yachting. Rob Buchanan sets sail for the island of Spitsbergen,

Rock star: Italian climbing guide Michele Maggioni in Songfjorden, on Spitsbergen’s northeast coast.

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Cruising’s cutting edge: The Pelagic Australis, arguably the world’s finest high-latitude charter yacht, sleeps 12.

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never seen before. Or, rather, I’m trying to walk. Every few steps, some giant unseen hand begins to push against me until, strain as I might, I eventually grind to a halt. Then, a moment later, the hand releases me and I go reeling forward, barely able to keep my feet. It’s strangely exhilarating, this lurching promenade, but as soon as I start to enjoy it, I wake up—not in an alien city but in a narrow bunk in a

Photographs by Rob Buchanan

the North Pole’s nearest neighbor


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