Thursday, 25 February 2010

Olavinlinna, a castle far north

Olavinlinna (St. Olaf's Castle) is a 15th century castle located in Savonlinna, Finland. It is the world's most northern fortress (61°51′N, 28°54′E) .

The fortress was founded in 1475 by a Danish knight, and served to repel russian attacks from the east and to guarantee control of the region for the Swedish Crown.

The castle forms a spectacular stage for the Savonlinna Opera Festival, held annually in the summer since 1912.

Olavinlinna is the initial model for Kropow Castle in the comic book King Ottokar's Sceptre, an album in the series of Adventures of Tintin created by Hergé.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Grise fiord - a ppt presentation

Here is a slideshow I made, with material from several net sites, about

Monday, 15 February 2010

Icey Hand of God

The Gull Glacier ("Hand of God") at Tanquary Fiord, Quttinirpaaq (=the land most at the top”) National Park, Ellesmere island, Canada.

Most of Ellesmere island is a polar desert, deeply incised by fiords, with a stunning scenery of glaciers, mountains and nunataks, including Lake Hazen, the world's largest lake north of the Arctic Circle.

The rare vegetation of its snow-free areas supports herds of musk oxen, caribou, and polar bears, as well as the Arctic hare and birds such as the Artic Tern and Owl; marine mammals also abound at the shores.

The first inhabitants of Ellesmere Island were small groups of Inuit drawn to the area for hunting about 1000-2000 B.C.; then came the Vikings from Greenland, to trade, and finally europeans at 1616.

There are two inhabitated areas in the island: the arctic station Alert, for scientific and military purposes, and the inuit settlement of Grisefiord (Aujuittuq); I will soon publish a post on Grisefiord.

Sunday, 14 February 2010


Qasigiannguit (Christianshåb, pop. 1 300) is a small comunity located at the shores of Disko Bay, NW Greenland - the oldest danish colony there, founded in 1734.

It´s also home to Greenland's oldest wooden house (1734), the former house of Paul Egede, a danish missionary devoted to the inuit culture. In 1997, it opened as a museum.

During the Summer of 1999, an impressive discovery provided the museum with a collection of archaeological finds from different prehistoric arctic cultures.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

15 000 !

I´ve just made it, 15 000 visits ! In less than a year, well, I´m happy ! Thank you visitors, keep coming !

Mario, Ultima Thule