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Our Arctic Future

Turn your face to the north. Travel across land and sea, through cities and forests, until you reach the northernmost part of our planet. Now you find yourself in a place that is different from anywhere you have ever been before. A place that consists of two-thirds ocean and one-third land, a place dominated by boundless views and extreme beauty. You have come to the Arctic. A place in the process of change.
Arctic - On top of the world


An ocean covered with ice stretches across the North Pole. It borders the northern parts of America, Europe and Asia. This area is the Arctic. Most of it is an ice-covered sea, and if you were to visit the North Pole, you would be standing on ice. Still, people do live here, and the Arctic is much more accessible than its southern counterpart, the Antarctic. Several states have Arctic territories; one of them is the Kingdom of Denmark.

Collaboration - Working together in the North


Throughout the world, eyes are turning towards the Arctic. The region is opening up and presenting new opportunities in areas such as trade, research, tourism and mining. Eight states have Arctic territories; the USA, Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. In a time of rapid change, collaboration between these eight states is crucial: in order to protect the interests of the people who live and work in the region – and to protect nature.
Change - Adapting to a warmer climate


Only 10 years ago it was easy to get from the village to the sealing grounds. The seal- ers of northwestern Greenland would cross the ice-covered fjord with their dog sleds. Today, the ice sheet is gone for a greater part of the year, and the sealers have to rely on additional ways to support their families. The consequences of climate change are local – and global. What we see in the Arctic today will change the world tomorrow.
Community - Traditions in transition


A traditional sealer dressed in kamiks, a seal annorak and polar bear trousers gazing across the ice. He still exists, alongside the teacher, the engineer, the doctor and the artist – dressed just like all the other people in the rest of a globalized world. The people of the Arctic have always lived as hunters and gatherers. But traditional ways of living are changing due to globalization, new technology and climate change.
Wilderness - Landscapes of solitude


No traffic, no voices, no noise. Sometimes the Arctic landscape seems almost barren and silent. But rounding a foreland may suddenly take you to a deafening bird cliff. Or you may wander through an empty valley only to be surrounded by musk oxen around the next bend. In the hottest summer, the landscape presents nuances of earthen hues and green, broken up by dense masses of flowers. In winter, snow and ice add a softness on a scale found nowhere else.
Energy - Aiming for sustainability


All parts of the Kingdom of Denmark are committed to reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Harnessing renewable-energy resources plays a crucial part in this effort. At the same time, estimates place large amounts of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves in Arctic territory. The continuous melting of the sea-ice and permafrost will make such resources more readily available for exploitation in the future. If and when this happens, exploitation must take place with a constant regard for the environment.
Harvest - Living of the land and sea


The larder of the Arctic is filled with a variety of fish, marine mammals and game. Vegetables and potatoes are gaining ground in modern farming, and sheep-breeding is a growing industry. Still, seafood dominates exports from both Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and fishermen are hoping that new fishing grounds will become accessible. At the same time, a focus on sustainability is important in order
for coming generations to be able to benefit from nature’s gifts.
Exploration - Treasures of the earth


The Arctic underground traces the history of the Earth and life back to the very beginning. For scientists, it is a treasure trove of geological insight. But certain areas of the Earth have also been enriched with precious and useful minerals, thick layers of coal and reservoirs of oil and gas. These natural resources represent a great potential for financial gain – as well as great challenges.

A special thanks to the following for use of photos

- Tiina Itkonen

- Alessandra Meniconzi

- Alessio Mesiano

- Carsten Egevang

- Uri Golman

- Vidar Sigurdsson

- Visit Greenland

- Ingi Sørensen

- Paw Gissel

- Helle Nørregaard

- Leiff Josefsen

- Eugenius Labansen Family