Olympic flame lights up North Pole

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For the first time in history the Olympic flame visited the north pole.

The flame for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics began its 65 000 kilometre trip in Moscow at the the beginning of the month.

On Friday it arrived at the planet’s northernmost point on board a nuclear icebreaker.

Participants from eight countries of the Arctic Council then took part in the ceremony of lighting up the Olympic cauldron.

On November 6 the flame will be taken to another first-time location when the crew of the International Space Station blast off into space with the torch.

The crew will return to earth with the flame five days later.