Arctic Eden: Journeys Through the Changing High Arctic (Hardcover)
In this intimate portrait, Jerry Kobalenko shares a series of journeys he has taken around the High Arctic by foot, skis, kayak, and ship that provide a multifaceted view of this most beautiful and most vulnerable part of the Arctic. Combining natural history, exploration, and personal experiences gathered during 20 years of Arctic travel, the book explores the ice caps and glaciers of Ellesmere Island; introduces us to Axel Heiberg's magical fossil forest of cypress trees; follows the author's journey of more than 400 miles on skis from Devon Island to Alexander Fiord, punctuated by several near-fatal encounters with polar bears; and comments on changes in climate Kobalenko has witnessed throughout the High Arctic. The book also showcases Kobalenko's magnificent photographs of the region, capturing wildlife such as walruses, muskoxen, and Arctic wolves, and stunning geographical features from towering icebergs to virgin snowscapes under a sky of wild lenticular clouds.
About the Author
Jerry Kobalenko's words and images have been published in hundreds of publications around the world, including National Geographic, Outside, Conde Nast, BBC Wildlife, and Time. He is the author of The Horizontal Everest, a literary travel book. He lives in Banff, Alberta.
"As writing, Arctic Eden begs comparison with Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams, and bears that comparison quite handsomely. Then there are the photos, which are the best images of the High Arctic I've ever seen. Altogether, a remarkable testimony to Jerry Kobalenko's love for a part of the globe that some of us consider paradise on earth."
Lawrence Millman, author of Lost in the Arctic
"a salute to one of the few surviving fragments of the wild in a rapidly changing world."
Ed Douglas, author of Tenzing: Hero of Everest
"This explorer’s soul is shared through the eye of his camera no less than through his gentle, yet understated prose."
Tom Hornbein, author of Everest: The West Ridge