Why I love the Arctic: 8 incredible photos of the Arctic

7 August 2014

After spending two months in a Russian prison for taking part in a peaceful protest drawing attention to the dangers of oil drilling in the Arctic - it's no wonder that the Arctic has a special place in my heart.

But before I went to prison, or even the Arctic, I felt the Arctic was a magical place worth saving. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the Arctic.

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It’s one of the last untouched places left on this earth

Ice Floe in the Arctic

Arctic Sunrise moored to Ice Floe

It’s home to animals found nowhere else on this earth – and the polar bear is the largest land predator on earth (and perhaps the fluffiest).

Polar Bear on Sea Ice Floe

Arctic Fox in AlaskaSnow Owl Schneeeule

The whales look like they should belong in a children’s fairy tale book – did you know the narwhals tusk is actually a tooth?

Pod of Narwhals in Greenland

It boasts the world’s most spectacular natural light show – the Aurora Borealis.

Northern LightsNordlichter

First Nation communities have lived in the Arctic for over 1000 years.

Inuit with dog sleigh Inuit im Hundeschlitten

And perhaps the most important point…

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic – Arctic ice moderates global weather patterns and the melting sea ice accelerates climate change. A frozen Arctic makes our home, planet earth, a much safer place to live.


(C) – Kevin Gill

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