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Solovetsky Islands, Russia

Situated in the icy waters of the southern White Sea, a hundred miles below the Arctic Circle, the Solovetsky Islands are home to one of the most famous and powerful monasteries in the Russian Empire. The 15th century Solovetsky Monastery complex is now a historical and architectural museum. Experience the natural beauty of the islands on a boat tour through the canal system built by monks in the 16th century, or hike along the White Sea to Belugas Cape, where migrating beluga whales gather in the summer months.