The life in the Arctic is rough and marked by deprivation and the struggle with the nature. The small towns and settlements are just tiny spots of civilization on the huge white area that Greenland represents. Often there are no roads connecting places, so dog sleds and snowmobiles are the most important ways of transportation in winter, as boats are in summer.
The arctic summer is short and intense. Life makes use of the seemingly endless days of the midnight sun and warmth and where meter-high snow recently covered the ground, yellow, blue and purple flowers now attract insects. In many places, the few willow and birch trees do not grow any taller than these flowers, and even in the few mild weeks, they testify to the harsh harshness of winter.
The Inuit have always been skilled hunters and fishermen. No wonder, since this was the only way to survive in the icy wilderness. And many traditions are still essential elements of the communities. This also includes the craftsmanship of the carvers, who make figures from bones, ivory, reindeer antlers and other materials.
A “Tupilaq” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupilaq) is probably one of the most exciting souvenirs ever. The small figures of ghosts and mythical creatures originally took on various, sometimes less friendly, spiritual functions. Today, however, you can safely put them on your home shelf (we have tested it extensively!).
Greenland has just over 55,000 inhabitants spread over an area about nine times the size of the United Kingdom. But to be fair it must be mentioned that only the coastal regions can be settled while the inland is covered by an ice sheet up to 3,200 meters thick.
Less than 10% of the total population live on the east coast. Our expeditions take place in some of the least populated coasts.