Glowing report ... the aurora borealis seen from a cruise ship.

Forces gather overhead

The northern lights are at their vivid best, a 'solar maximum' making them even more startling, writes Adrian Bridge.

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dock in southern Norway.

Cool territory of a polar hero

A century after Amundsen's conquest of the South Pole, Peter Hughes surveys the home turf of the explorer who beat the doomed Captain Scott to the prize.

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Chilled outing ... a Hurtigruten cruise ship cuts through frigid waters.

Take it to the limit

Steve Newman braves the icy conditions along a century-old shipping route to isolated villages and fiords.

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