What does an ice­breaker do in the sum­mer?

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It is 521 feet long, 98 feet wide, and it can break through 15- foot- thick ice: 50 Let Pobedy is the largest nu­clear- pow­ered ice­breaker in the world. In sum­mer, when the ship­ping routes are free of ice, the huge Rus­sian ves­sel can even be booked for cruises to the North Pole— the two-week trip costs $ 26,995 per per­son. The ship sets sail from Mur­mansk and cov­ers 1,450 miles, but the ice sheet only be­gins 370 miles from the North Pole. Pas­sen­gers can walk on the ice and even swim in the Arc­tic.

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