UpHere Logo

Business

Photo courtesy Kakslaut Tanen Arctic Resort.
As any architect will tell you, the far North, with its extreme climate and diverse indigenous populations, is a tricky place to tackle. But not impossible. Here are a few ways designers and engineers have taken on the challenge.
May 2016
A cabin in Finnish Lapland. Photo by Visit Finland
Call it a rivalry. Northern nations serve up carbon copies of tourism attractions: aurora, unspoiled nature, and unique cultures—all at a high cost. So how does one stand out from the crowd?
May 2016
A taiga takeoff. The Swedish Space Corp. launches rockets from its Esrange site, north of the Arctic Circle. Photo courtesy ESA/Esrange/Lars Thulin
What the NWT can learn from Sweden's space town
May 2016
The Yuribey River bridge, at 3.9 kilometres, is the longest above the Arctic Circle. Photo courtesy Gazprom
Russia's built some incredible transportation infrastructure in the Arctic, but we should be wary of following their example.
May 2016
The view from Sisimiut, Greenland. Photo courtesy Greenland Travel
You’re probably familiar with Nunavut’s crippling housing crisis. It needs thousands of houses, but construction costs are astronomical, and utilities, heating and annual maintenance costs for existing homes continues to rise–to $26,000 per unit in 2015. What might be done to build more and build better?
May 2016
Does this look like the Arctic to you? Tromsø, Norway, north of the 69th parallel, has become a bustling university and port town.
What's there to learn from an Arctic university?
May 2016
Photo illustration by Beth Covvey
As the disparity in access to fresh water grows across the globe, it won’t be long before the Canadian North is confronted with an awkward proposition.
April 2016
The Whitehorse Dam. Its construction drowned the capital's namesake White Horse Rapids, which now lie beneath Lake Schwatka. Photo courtesy Archbould Photography/Yukon Energy
Hydro electricity is often seen as the panacea to the North’s energy woes—and for good reason. It’s cleaner than diesel, it’s worked up here for more than a century, and the natural potential is boundless. But remember, nothing’s perfect.
April 2016
On the waters outside of Plummer's Lodge on Great Slave Lake. Hannah Eden/Up Here
A downturn in Northern sport fishing could spell disaster for lodge owners. But some are adapting.
April 2016
The most affordable way to get a car to Nunavut. Photo - NNSI
All you need to know about purchasing a new vehicle in Nunavut
May 2015