Tagged: Elizabeth Bourne

Christmas book flood

An Icelandic tradition worth importing Elizabeth Bourne Seattle Jólabókafló∂ is Iceland’s most loved Christmas tradition. Compared to some of Iceland’s other Christmas customs—child-eating cats, fermented skate, and the criminal 13 Yule Lads—a Christmas book...

Christmas at (or near) the North Pole

In the dark of polar night, Longyearbyen celebrates the season of light in its own ways Elizabeth Bourne Seattle Everyone knows Santa Claus delivers toys to good children and lumps of coal to bad...

Putting the “art” in Arctic

Galleri Svalbard houses world-class art and artists Elizabeth Bourne Seattle The high arctic isn’t where you’d expect to find a world-class collection of printed works and paintings. And yet, here in Longyearbyen, an exceptional...

Staying alive in the frozen north

What is it like to live and eat in Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost city? Elizabeth Bourne Seattle What safety net? Norway’s admirable social-services network doesn’t exist in Svalbard. There’s no welfare, or health insurance,...

Visit a Soviet ghost town in Norway

Pyramiden is an abandoned Russian mining town in Svalbard, at the top of the world Elizabeth Bourne Seattle “Ghost town” evokes images of the Old West towns where the gold rush came and went....

Longyearbyen - silver bear

At home in Svalbard

An artist’s dispatches from Norway’s land of ice bears Elizabeth Bourne Seattle “Congratulations. Now you live here,” said the librarian at the Svalbard folkebibliotek as she handed me my new purple and white library...