#MeetTheNorth News & Updates
Meet the North gives you a look at Pond Inlet, an Arctic community with a deep love for Canada’s game.
This BBC Travel piece introduces you to the die-hard hockey fans of this Nunavut community as they receive a guest of honour – the Stanley Cup.
It is often said ice hockey is more than just a game in Canada, it’s a way of life. And in isolated places like Pond Inlet, where snowmobiles and four-wheelers are the main modes of transport, this is no exception.
Take the road less travelled as Meet the North diverges from Iceland’s ring road to explore the Melrakkaslétta peninsula.
This BBC Travel piece introduces you to unique characters and beautiful landmarks in the country’s often overlooked northeast corner.
“You don’t want to take that road. It’s flat and featureless. It’s of no interest.”
But by leaving the paved ring road and travelling 275km on roads 85 and 870 over three days, we entered a new territory of unexpected encounters, full of tundra beauty, moody vistas and unforgettable locals.
One of our wonderful sponsors has recently done a profile on Meet the North. Our project falls under Lindblad Expeditions’ Global Stewardship mandate, under which it’s committed to giving back to the regions and communities it reaches. Learn more about how Lindblad Expeditions is making a difference and check out the Meet the North profile here.
Jenny recently sat down with The Ottawa Citizen’s Elizabeth Payne to discuss Meet the North. Learn more about Jenny and the inspiration behind the project in Payne’s great article here.
“The north is in the news, but it tends to be about resource extraction, sovereignty, climate change — all really important issues, yet there are four million people who live at or above the Arctic Circle. I became really curious: What about them? What are their stories?”
Siggeir Stefánsson introduces us to Þórshöfn, his small Icelandic fishing town which he hopes to diversify in order to keep afloat.
“If you live in Reykjavik, you can choose from 100 kinds of work. Here you cannot choose from so many. Our young people are not coming back.” Rather than focus on the tourist economy, Siggeir’s municipality is opening the door to more industry.
In Meet the North’s most recent Arctic Deeply story, meet the man behind Iceland’s Arctic Henge. The late Erlingur B. Thoroddsen dreamt of sharing the beauty he saw in the small town of Raufarhöfn through his ‘hobby.’
Thoroddsen explained that the entire structure would be made from locally quarried stone and surrounded by representations of 72 dwarves that he and his artist friends have drawn from history and folklore. Each dwarf represents a specific span of calendar dates, like signs of the Zodiac, so you can look up your birthday dwarf and what it stands for.
Voyages with elements of Meet the North will sail next year to Greenland and Nunavut aboard the National Geographic Explorer. The ship’s passengers will benefit from the knowledge of our own Jennifer Kingsley, all while witnessing the beauty of the arctic first-hand. More details here.
Meet the North’s latest Arctic Deeply story brings you into the workshop of two of Greenland’s traditional sealskin crafters.
Soriina Davidsen and Vera Larsen explain the highs and lows of a controversial craft with a longstanding place in the country’s history.
Davidsen and her coworker, Vera Larsen, spend long days here cutting, stitching and talking. The pair have formed a friendship – and a business – over sealskin, a material central to Greenlandic culture that has divided others around the world.
Arctic Deeply ventures to Jan Mayen island to meet the 18 people who compose Norway’s most isolated community. Learn more about Siw Landro, who works as the island’s nurse, librarian and everything in between.
Siw Landro fell in love, again, when she arrived on Jan Mayen, Norway. Siw has a partner and children back home, but Mr. Beerenberg immediately caught her eye. “Mr. Beerenberg is the most handsome man I ever saw.” He’s moody, she said, but “he almost makes my husband jealous. I get goosebumps just looking at him.” “He” last erupted in 1985.
Mr. Beerenberg is the 2,277-meter-tall (7,470 feet) volcano that dominates the north end of Jan Mayen, a Norwegian territory that lies closer to Greenland than any other Arctic territory.