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  • Holmiabukta Bay, Northwestern Svalbard, Norway

    A large male polar bear returns to the carcass of a fin whale picked clean by many polar bear mouths. On land, where bears cannot hunt for seals, food is scarce and a whale carcass can mean the difference between starvation and survival.

  • National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska

    With a trek of about 2,000 miles, the migration of the Western Arctic caribou herd is the longest of any land mammal.

  • Florian Schulz

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Florian Schulz

    Photographer Florian Schulz spends about 10 months of the year shooting in the field, often accompanied by his wife, Emil Herrera-Schulz.

  • Chukchi Sea, Alaska

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Chukchi Sea, Alaska

    A large lead develops north of Point Hope in the Chukchi Sea during sea ice breakup in late May.

  • Chukchi Sea, Alaska

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Chukchi Sea, Alaska

    The forces of the wind and currents break up sheets of ice and later crush them together forming amazing ever-changing landscapes of ice that vanish with the arrival of summer.

  • Ringed Seals

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Ringed Seals

    Ringed seals rest on the ice near a breathing and escape hole.

  • Beaufort Sea

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Beaufort Sea

    Polar bear jumping on sea ice in the Beaufort Sea.

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

    A grizzly bear surveys its surroundings along the Canning River.

  • Northwest Alaska

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Northwest Alaska

    The eyes of these female muskoxen reflect the white landscape around them.

  • Yukon Territory, Canada

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Yukon Territory, Canada

    Northern Lights in the Tombstone Range.

  • Greenland

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Greenland

    In Greenland, as the moon rises, Florian Schulz and his wife, Emil, are kept warm by traditional polar bear clothing provided by their native hosts.

  • Florian Schulz

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Florian Schulz

    Photographer Florian Schulz spent 15 months working in the Arctic over the course of six years.

  • Northern Greenland

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Northern Greenland

    Photographer Florian Schulz in Northern Greenland.

  • Northern Greenland

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Northern Greenland

    Photographer Florian Schulz and Emil Herrera-Schulz travel with sled dogs in Northern Greenland.

  • Beluga Whales

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Beluga Whales

    A pod of beluga whales swims through Arctic water.

  • Underwater

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Underwater

    While diving in the Arctic, photographer Florian Schulz shot the undersides of icebergs, beluga whales swimming in pods, and thick-billed murres diving for food.

  • Svalbard, Norway

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Svalbard, Norway

    Ringed seal pups are born with pure white fur.

  • Svalbard, Norway

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Svalbard, Norway

    Wind blowing across a glacier front picks up snow and ice crystals that are illuminated by the setting sun.

  • Florian Schulz

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Florian Schulz

    Photographer Florian Schulz spent 15 months working in the Arctic over the course of six years.

  • Barents Sea, Norway

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Barents Sea, Norway

    A mother polar bear rests with her cubs on the ice of the Barents Sea.

  • Barents Sea, Norway

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Barents Sea, Norway

    Polar bear cubs reaffirm the bond with their mothers by touching noses.

  • Barents Sea, Norway

    Photo: Florian Schulz

    Barents Sea, Norway

    A polar bear cub plays on the ice.

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