Meet local communities – past and present
The Inuit have lived in some of the earth’s most stunning locations and wild conditions for centuries. Yet not only do they manage to survive out here between ice and Arctic water, they have a warm, rich culture, with ancient folklore and a thriving art scene. Soapstone sculptures have today replaced the traditional bone and ivory, but the hand carving technique remains the same. Cruise to Baffin Island, Hudson Bay or the shores and islands of Greenland to meet the Inuit, see their finely woven textiles and hear their eerie throat singing – you might even get taught some of the unusual Inuit games. Be prepared for evidence of hunting, though – this is a subsistence culture and every part of the animal will be used.
Historically, the Thule people lived around the shores of Greenland and Arctic Canada – the remains of some of their settlements give fascinating insights into their lost culture. Eastern Siberia’s Wrangel Island reveals older culture still – with a 3,400 year old Paleo Eskimo camp.