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A Russian nuclear-propelled icebreaker has brought the Olympic torch relay to the North Pole in a first-ever trip to the top of the world during the polar night.

October 25, 2013

The Lighting Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Lantern involved 11 torch bearers selected from the eight countries in the Arctic Council. Photo by Sergey Dolya

October 25, 2013

The Olympic festival ended with a 3D laser show. The event included a laser show projecting polar bears and national flags onto the ice. Photo by Sergey Dolya

October 25, 2013

Expedition members performed a torch relay aboard the icebreaker and on the 1.3-meter thick polar ice sheet. Photo by Sergey Dolya

October 25, 2013

The Olympic Torch was lit at the North Pole for the first time. Photo by Sergey Dolya

October 25, 2013

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