Suggested Reading List
A History of Arctic Exploration
Author: Juha Nurminen
Description: The ancient Inuit, Vikings, Vitus Bering, whalers, explorers and James Cook are all paid tribute in this sumptuously illustrated history, drawing on the unique collections of Helsinki's Nurminen Foundation.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Our best-selling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the circumpolar north.
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.
Author: Al Lee (Photographer)
Description: Photographer and mountaineer Alastair Lee reveals Baffin Island's astonishing landscapes with panoramic photos, accompanied by individual accounts from each member of the eight-man expedition team to Mount Asgard.
Circumpolar North / Greenland Map
Description: With the North Circumpolar region on one side, including Iceland, and a detailed map of Greenland on the other.
Historical Atlas of the Arctic
Author: Derek Hayes
Description: A handsome collection of 300 striking maps, most in glorious color and many presented here for the first time. Hayes provides captivating, scholarly commentary.
Author: International Travel Maps
Description: A regional traveler's map at a scale of 1:1,85 million with good topographic relief, showing roads, physical features and nature preserves.
Author: Paul Nicklen
Description: Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nicklen has ice in his blood. The National Geographic photographer, wildlife biologist and naturalist presents up-close portraits of the creatures of the high latitudes in 150 dazzling photographs of swimming bears, cavorting seals, penguins, dueling narwhals and all manner of polar life.
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.
Author: Jane Smiley
Description: This marvelously researched novel recreates life in the Viking settlements in Greenland.
The Ice Finders, How a Poet, a Professor and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
Author: Edmund Blair Bolles
Description: A wonderfully eccentric history of 19th-century science, focusing on three personalities and their ideas about the role of ice in Earth's history. Each contributed to the Victorian debate among scientists, explorers and the man on the street about the nature of the polar regions.
The Last Gentleman Adventurer
Author: Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Lawrence Millman (Introduction)
Description: Maurice's poignant tale of coming-of-age with the Hudson Bay Company in the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s. Posted to Pangnirtung as a remarkably unlikely 17-year-old recruit, Maurice grew into a man with the fur traders and Inuit of Baffin Island, earning the name of Issumatak (One Who Thinks).
The Last Imaginary Place
Author: Robert McGhee
Description: A curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, McGhee combines a lifetime of field work, ethnography and travel in this illuminating account of the human history of the Arctic.
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 Voyage of the Narwhal
Author: Andrea Barrett
Description: A gripping work of historical imagination in the form of a 19th-century account of Arctic exploration. It's Barrett's evocative tale of a Philadelphia naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells who sets out on a foolhardy mission in search of the Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Arctic.
This Cold Heaven
Author: Gretel Ehrlich
Description: Ehrlich spent seven seasons in Greenland, mostly alone, traveling by boat, helicopter, plane and dogsled. This exhilarating book reflects her insight, knowledge and deep appreciation of the people and barren landscapes of the north.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
Author: Mark Carwardine
Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.
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.