I may need to plan a trip just to check out the Toronto Museum of Inuit Art. You can view a taste of their expansive collections online, and they've also posted an 'Introduction to Inuit Art' document on the website well worth investigating.
Imagine seeing the Arctic from a bird's eye view, and flying thousands of feet in the air. Now picture yourself in a specially outfitted plane that is being used to record data that will help lower the uncertainty in future weather and climate predictions. This is exactly what those in the PAMARCMiP 2011 Campaign were doing in the month of April.
Note: EM bird underneath, which is lowered close to the sea ice surface in order to measure ice thickness mid-flight.
Arctic Kingdom recently returned from Barrow - Alaska and Inuvik - North West Territories, after assisting with the 2nd Polar Circumnavigation spearheaded by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)! Arctic Kingdom was there to help with planning and managing the movement of personnel and freight, acquiring scientific permits for research conducted within Canada, and handling customs clearance in Canada and the US.
AWI partnered with Environment Canada, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, the European Space Agency, and other universities and institutions for the PAMARCMiP 2011 Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to get a better understanding of the physical processes in the inner Arctic. The campaign uses a specially outfitted Polar 5 airplane to obtain data on aerosol, trace gases, meteorological and atmospheric conditions, as well as sea ice thickness. This information is key in assessing the changes occurring in the polar region. This information will help to reduce uncertainties in future weather and climate forecasts. The flights started from Barrow, Alaska via Inuvik, Sachs Harbour, Resolute Bay, Eureka, Alert and Station North, and ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.
For more information regarding the PAMARCMiP 2011 Campaign please visit their site.
If you would like to see more pictures from this expedition please visit our facebook page.
Slate.com is sharing several exclusive excerpts from a new book by Sara Wheeler titled The Magnetic North. The book shares the author's journey through the Arctic territories belonging to Russia, Finland, Denmark, Canada, and America. Sara's prose conveys an honest appreciation for the landscape and people she encounters as well as discussing the very real challenges faced in the Arctic today. This book has been well reviewed, and looks to be an interesting account of the uniqueness of Arctic travel.
The Magnetic North is available on Amazon.com as well as in bookstores -
Old Qulliq Being Carried by a Woman, image via the Exhibit website, Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Winnipeg Art Gallery has created a beautiful website to share their recent exhibit 'Nunavik North of 60', featuring examples of Inuit sculpture and art created in communities located above the 60th parallel on the Ungava Peninsula in the region of Nunavik, Northern Quebec.
Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art -
Videos and blog entries are being posted online from team-members of the Catlin Arctic Survey, including this one by Dr. Oliver Wurl. He's researching the impact of of ocean acidification on the "forests of the oceans" -- phytoplankton (a form of algae), and explains his experiments in this video.
It's worth spending some time on the official Catlin Survey Site, they're keeping an informative blog and you can also follow them on twitter.
For over 50 years,Canada Goose has been the leading manufacturer of cold weather clothing. Their products are field tested and relied upon by people living, working, and playing in the world's coldest environments which of course included us! We rely upon all of our gear for safety, comfort, and warmth. While we're happy to provide gear to our clients, many people choose to purchase their own parkas after experiencing how perfectly these jackets perform out on the ice. Arctic Kingdom is a fully licensed Canada Goose dealer, check out our store for a selection of our current offerings and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding sizing, to order, or to inquire about the newest stock we've received. We also offer great deals on pre-worn gear in the off season.
We provide only the best gear to our clients, but don't just take our word for it! Here's a little round-up of what some other reviewers have to say about Canada Goose clothing.
Important thing to note - there are a number of online sources which are selling counterfeit Canada Goose clothing. While the price point on this gear can seem a little high, deals are available. It's essential to know you are purchasing through a reputable source! Canada Goose offers some useful information on their site to help you avoid this danger as fakes do not provide nearly the same protection as the genuine article.
Vimeo user Beep show has posted this great video shot over the course of an 11 hour flight from San Francisco to Paris, including some nice footage of the northern lights (starting at around 1:08 on the timeline).
Beepshow posts -
Fiercely dedicated to creating authentic and awe-inspiring travel experiences, Arctic Kingdom is the only tour operator offering land-based trips to the High Arctic. Through our unique combination of small groups, safari style arctic camps, expedition experts and only the most experienced Inuit guides, we ensure that your experience in the world's most captivating place on earth is second to none.
This Spring we have a special offer of a free flight to Nunavut (a savings of up to CDN 2,600) making this no better time to book one of our summer departures! Join us at Pond Inlet, Nunavut for our Narwhal & Polar Bear Floe Edge Adventure June 7 - 11. Experience our safari style camp situated on the floe edge, where the frozen ocean meets the open ocean to create one of the Arctics most spectacular landscapes. Enjoy the warm Spring weather as you scout for Narwhals, Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales and Seals.
July 5 - 11 we travel to Foxe Basin to witness the spring Bowhead Whale migration, hunted nearly to extinction but slowly making a comeback. Join us to explore this region just south of the Hecla and Fury Straits to experience the 'bowhead highway'.
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