Egill Bjarnason

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Seal hunting

Age and Kristian search for a ringed seal spotted nearby. Seal hunting is traditionally the backbone of the local hunting trade, but as international prices for seal pelt continue to decline, the huntings are becoming unsustainable.

 
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Drifting ice

As big as a football field, icebergs calf from the Inland Ice and drift out of Scoresby Sund, the world’s longest fjord.

 
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Narwhal trade

Menna, visiting from Greenland's capital Nuuk, buying ten kilos of mettek, narwhal blubber, from a local hunter in Ittoqqortoormiit. "You can hardly buy this in Nuuk anymore, at least not for this price."

 
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No soil

The cemetery in the rocky landscape of Ittoqqortoormiit.

 
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The Bar

Ittoqqortoormiit’s only bar is only open on Fridays.

 
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Evening stroll

Ingeborg taking her son on an evening stroll in Walrus Bay, as she passes a hunter returning empty-handed.

 
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Beach life in the Arctic

Outside of town, it is essential to carry a weapon to fend off potential polar bears. This past summer, two bears were shot in defence. They go towards the annual hunting quota of 35 polar bears.

 
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That will be 5000 Kronas

At the beginning and end of every summer, a cargo ship arrives with supplies for the town. Over winter, when the bay is blocked by sea ice, the supermarket gets produce flown in with a helicopter every fortnight. The prices reflect the effort it takes to bring a cucumber to the world’s most isolated town.

 
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They are here, too

European cruise ships are making tourism a growing industry--and the most obvious alternative to hunting. The passengers only stop for three hours and take approximately three thousand photographs.

 
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Fire and ice

Local firefighters at work after a false alarm on bright summer night.

 
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Dry today, rain tomorrow

Western powers have fought over influences in Scoresby Sund because the area gives the power to predict weather in the North Atlantic. A weather balloon is released every twelve hours.

 
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Storm

On latitude 70° North, summers are the only time when rain does not freeze into snow.