February 2011 - Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions

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Dog Portraits by Photographer Tim Flach

February 28th, 2011 | By | Filed in IN THE NEWS

As much as we love diving, climbing, and exploring the arctic terrain, interacting and observing animals is a primary goal of Arctic Kingdom's trips. We've built many of our adventure packages around opportunities for you to view polar bears, walrus, and whales in their natural environment. To those interested in traveling in more traditional style, we offer a unique prospect, exploring the the hamlet of Qaanaaq, Greenland by dogsled. Snowmobiles have been banned in this area, leaving the option to journey across the landscape by sled. Dogs have been used for hundreds of years by arctic people, both for occupational and recreational travel needs. There is something very compelling about these personable, hard working animals and their partnership with people of the arctic.

Photography copyright - Tim Flach, from his book 'Dogs '

Renowned photographer Tim Flach has a wonderful book 'Dogs' which includes several touching portraits of Huskies - a common breed used in sledding. 'Dogs' is available in fine book stores as well as online.

Photo copyright - Tim Flach, from his book 'Dogs '

Tim has much more of his work online on his personal website.

The Ice Diving Experience

February 25th, 2011 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Diving

YouTube Preview Image The teche blog has a nice roundup of some ice diving pics, and of course we have a huge collection of our own photos online at our flickr page and in our inspiration gallery. Interested in trying it out for yourself? Contact us. We're experts in cold water diving and safety. Travel with us and enjoy some of the most incredible dives of your life. Arctic Kingdom offers both regularly scheduled trips as well as private excursions -  we're happy to work with you to determine the most appropriate adventure for your scheduling needs.

Canadian High Arctic, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut Canada May 2004 Graham Dickson, Arctic Kingdom ice diving under crack in sea ice. Divers are tethered with rope so that they can find their way back to the entry point.

1937 Newspaper Reports On Climate Change

February 24th, 2011 | By | Filed in Arctic History, IN THE NEWS

Via stephengoddard -

View the original source of the article here. I could waste many hours browsing through google's newspaper archives! The old advertisements are particularly good.

Interview With A Deep Sea Submarine Pilot

February 22nd, 2011 | By | Filed in ACTIVITIES, IN THE NEWS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

Deep sea exploration technology is always interesting! This interview by marine biologist Al Dove with Don Liberatore, pilot of the Johnson Sea Link submarine comes to us via boingboing.net. Don (who possibly has one of the coolest jobs ever) also gave a brief tour of the sub, which is shared on Al's blog. YouTube Preview Image

Walking On The Tundra

February 18th, 2011 | By | Filed in Uncategorized

Image by ascappatura on Flickr, licenced under creative commons.

Arctic Photography Book by Ragnar Axelsson

February 17th, 2011 | By | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS

Polarworld, the publishers of Face To Face, Polar Portraits, have a gorgeous new photography book available. Last Days of the Arctic by Ragnar Axelsson is full of stunning imagery and has earned rave reviews. I highly recommend viewing the flipbook 'preview' on Polarworld's website here. The New York Times has this to say -
'He has trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that has drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back … His stark photographs capture a place of extremes, bathed in surreal white Arctic light. Cathedral-like icebergs miniaturize man, a hungry sled dog howls and a hunter in a frosted hood meets you with his tired gaze.'
Pre-order the book on amazon.com, or purchase directly from the publishers on their website. Ragnar Axelsson also maintains a personal site showcasing more of his work. YouTube Preview Image

Baby Polar Bear Greets The World

February 14th, 2011 | By | Filed in IN THE NEWS

Photo credits: Sussi Køber / Aalborg Zoo, Via Zooborns

Once again the Zooborns website brings us some great baby photos of our favorite bears. From their site -
For the first time last week, mama Polar Bear "Malik" coaxed her three month old cub out of their cozy den for a little outdoor adventure at Denmark's Aalborg Zoo.
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