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Arctic Dreams

Arctic Dreams

by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

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. (ARC11, $16.95)

The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

by Tony Soper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

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. (ARC85, $23.99)

Bradt Guide Svalbard

Bradt Guide Svalbard

by Andreas Umbreit

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

This excellent introduction to Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land and Jan Mayen Island includes an overview of history, wildlife and nature, color photographs and maps. (NOR01, $27.99)

Spitsbergen Explorer Map

Spitsbergen Explorer Map

by Ocean Explorer Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

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. (ARC88, $11.95)

 
Norway Map

Norway Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief. (NOR05, $12.95)

Eyewitness Guide Norway

Eyewitness Guide Norway


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions. (NOR29, $25.00)

What We Know About Climate Change

What We Know About Climate Change


by Kerry Emanuel

  • REFERENCE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 85 PAGES

MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate. This second edition covers the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue. (GEO46, $15.95)

The Svalbard Archipelago

The Svalbard Archipelago


by P.J. Capelotti

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

A reprint of a WWII-era report on Spitsbergen by U.S. intelligence, covering the geography, history and geo-politics of the archipelago. With 63 photographs, maps, glossary, illustrations, bibliography, appendices and an index. (ARC91, $49.95)

A History of Arctic Exploration

A History of Arctic Exploration


by Juha Nurminen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 349 PAGES

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. (ARC257, $60.00)

Innocents in the Arctic, The 1951 Spitsbergen Expedition

Innocents in the Arctic, The 1951 Spitsbergen Expedition


by Colin Bull

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

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. (ARC176, $19.95)

The Ice Balloon

The Ice Balloon


by Alec Wilkinson

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

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. (ARC289, $15.95)

A Woman in the Polar Night

A Woman in the Polar Night


by Christiane Ritter

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

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. (ARC278, $19.95)

Ice Bears and Kotick, Rowing on Top of the World

Ice Bears and Kotick, Rowing on Top of the World


by Peter Webb

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 249 PAGES

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. (ARC262, $17.95)

The Magnetic North

The Magnetic North


by Sara Wheeler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

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. (ARC250, $15.00)

The Svalbard Passage

The Svalbard Passage


by Thomas Kirkwood

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This Cold War thriller, lush in the details of its Arctic setting, opens with a description and map of the Spitsbergen archipelago. (NOR31, $15.99)

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife


by Richard Sale

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This stunning primer features hundreds of spectacular color photographs, range maps and descriptions of 200 birds and 77 mammals. (ARC190, $35.00)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic


by E.C. Pielou

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

Our bestselling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the Circumpolar North. (ARC03, $22.00)

Polar Bears

Polar Bears


by Ian Stirling

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A tribute to the polar bear by a preeminent researcher, this handsome natural history features outstanding color photographs and detailed chapters on biology, distribution, behavior, study, conservation and lore. (ARC58, $40.00)

Polar Bears, A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior

Polar Bears, A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior


by Andrew E. Derocher | Wayne Lynch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 264 PAGES

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. (ARC309, $39.95)

The Great White Bear

The Great White Bear


by Kieran Mulvaney

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 251 PAGES

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. (ARC267, $26.00)

The Ice Museum, In Search of the Lost Land of Thule

The Ice Museum, In Search of the Lost Land of Thule


by Joanna Kavenna

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The enchanting account of travels throughout the North, with chapters on Shetland, Iceland, Estonia, Greenland and Spitsbergen, all proposed as the Thule of the ancient world. (ARC175, $15.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

Flowers of Svalbard

Flowers of Svalbard


by Olav Gjaerevoll

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 121 PAGES

A pocket guide featuring 49 color photographs of commonly encountered Arctic flowers. (ARC232, $18.50)

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