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Destination Pick of the Year: Snow

Spitsbergen, Norway
Long an environmental research outpost, the Arctic island of Spitsbergen has lately earned fame as ground zero in the climate debate. Perhaps that's because visitors get a firsthand view of what's at stake—a panoply of calving glaciers, rich wildlife, and yawning fjords.

YOUR PLAN: GAP Adventures runs an eco-friendly nine-day cruise focused on spotting whales, polar bears, and glaciers ($2,895; gapadventures.com). World Expeditions offers an 11-day circumnavigation of Spitsbergen and its outlying islands and icebergs ($3,590; worldexpeditions.com).

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