Suggested Reading List
A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife
Author: Richard Sale
Description: This stunning primer features hundreds of spectacular color photographs, range maps and descriptions of 200 birds and 77 mammals.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Our bestselling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the Circumpolar North.
A Woman in the Polar Night
Author: Christiane Ritter
Description: Ritter's classic account of living in a hut with her husband on the north coast of Spitsbergen in the 1930s "to read thick books in the remote quiet and, not least, to sleep to my heart's content" conveys the radiant beauty and magic of the Arctic.
Author: Barry Lopez
Description: A dazzling meditation on the Arctic, breathtaking in scope. Lopez draws on his travels throughout the North, including Baffin Island, the Chukchi and Bering seas, Alaska, the Yukon and Greenland, interweaving natural history, accounts of early exploration, anecdote and lore into an indelible portrait of place.
Bradt Guide Svalbard
Author: Andreas Umbreit
Description: This excellent introduction to Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayen Island includes an overview of history, wildlife and nature, color photographs and maps.
Ice Bears and Kotick, Rowing on Top of the World
Author: Peter Webb
Description: In Webb's thrilling tale of circumnavigating Spitsbergen in an open rowing boat, he recounts the sheer exhilaration of survival and doing what one loves. This is a story for all those that ever wanted to run away to sea.
Innocents in the Arctic, The 1951 Spitsbergen Expedition
Author: Colin Bull
Description: A marvelous account of adventure and scientific inquiry, glaciologist Colin Bull recounts his role in the 1951 Spitsbergen Expedition with humor and humility. Drawn from Bull's field notes, journals and published reports, this book paints a compelling portrait of what it means to be young and daring.
Polar Bears, A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior
Author: Andrew E. Derocher, Wayne Lynch (Photographer)
Description: An illustrated chronicle of the evolution, ecology and conservation of the polar bear, this captivating natural history features color photographs by Lynch and stories from the field by wildlife researcher Derocher.
Spitsbergen Explorer Map
Author: Ocean Explorer Maps
Description: A detailed map of Svalbard for the traveler, at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with illustrated biographies of 27 explorers and a guide to wildlife on the reverse.
The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife
Author: Tony Soper
Description: An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea.
The Great White Bear
Author: Kieran Mulvaney
Description: A journalist with an affinity for the wild (he once lived on the shores of Cook Inlet), Mulvaney combines natural and human history, myth and eyewitness reports from Barrow, Churchill and other locales in this astute chronicle.
The Ice Balloon
Author: Alec Wilkinson
Description: New Yorker writer Wilkinson recounts in thrilling detail the ill-fated attempt by Swedish engineer and aeronaut Salomon August Andree to reach the North Pole from Svalbard by balloon in 1897.
The Magnetic North
Author: Sara Wheeler
Description: Wheeler writes with zest and insight into the people, nature and future of the Circumpolar North in these marvelously recounted adventures, including tales of her time in Spitsbergen.
The Svalbard Passage
Author: Thomas Kirkwood
Description: This Cold War thriller, lush in the details of its Arctic setting, opens with a description and map of the Spitsbergen archipelago.
What We Know About Climate Change
Author: Kerry Emanuel
Description: MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate, updated for this second edition to cover the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue.