1. Northern Lights

The journey of the Sochi torch has been epic on many levels.

Alex Burd Alex Burd

Photo: Sochi2014

After a stuttering beginning (more on this later) the Sochi torch arrived at the North Pole for the first time on 20 October. It was carried on a nuclear-powered ice-breaker whose name in English is 50 Years of Victory, arriving in a world record time from Murmansk.

Upon arriving at the top of the world the torch was taken to the magnetic pole by Artur Chilingarov – a Russian Polar explorer.

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