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May 2016

In this issue we look outside our borders, to the Northern nations and states that share our latitude. From Russia to Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Sweden and Finland, Up Here finds out what these places are doing right, and what Canada can learn from them. Plus: Tim Edwards points out the upside to WWII in the Yukon, Daniel Campbell sees how Canada’s North compares in the Arctic tourism game, and Samia Madwar chats with Greenland’s first female prime minister about Canadian and Greenlandic Inuit. Also: a somewhat absurd tale of Canadian tanks driving across the Arctic is told.

In This Issue

Russia's Arctic is a diverse place, with 41 documented indigenous groups. Photo copyright B&C Alexander/Arcticphoto

A Neverending Land

Russia has a rich, vibrant array of indigenous cultures. But those people don't have it so well.

By Samia Madwar
May 31
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

Ahead In The Clouds

What the NWT can learn from Sweden's space town

By Herb Mathisen
May 30
2016
Kæstur hákarl, fermented Greenland shark. Photo by Tina Lee

We Dare You To Try These

Five shocking, belly-filling polar treats you need to taste... someday.

By Samia Madwar
May 27
2016
A Moravian missionary meets with Inuit in the mid-1700s outside of Nain, Labrador. Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1986-35-1

The German Connection

How brushing up on your deutsch lessons might help you get by in Northern Labrador

By Daniel Campbell
May 27
2016
A cabin in Finnish Lapland. Photo by Visit Finland

Game Of Krones

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?

By Daniel Campbell
May 26
2016
Photo courtesy Kakslaut Tanen Arctic Resort.

Behind The Walls

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.

By Samia Madwar
May 26
2016
The Yuribey River bridge, at 3.9 kilometres, is the longest above the Arctic Circle. Photo courtesy Gazprom

Getting Around The North

Russia's built some incredible transportation infrastructure in the Arctic, but we should be wary of following their example.

By Daniel Campbell
May 25
2016
An "Penguin" snowmobile/tank falls through the ice. NWT Archives/Henry Busse/N-1979-052-2141

The Long Way Home

Canada's post-WWII military drives across its Arctic. It probably won't try that again.

By Daniel Campbell
May 24
2016
Shred the sweet Swedish powder. Henrik Trygg/imagebank.sweden.se

Arctic Adventure For The Worldy

Though the polar nations have much in common, each have their unique outdoors attractions. Here are some of our favourites.

By Tim Edwards
May 24
2016
Does this look like the Arctic to you? Tromsø, Norway, north of the 69th parallel, has become a bustling university and port town.

High Degrees

What's there to learn from an Arctic university?

By Samia Madwar
May 12
2016