Arctic Bay

Eric Hansen ponders the logic of enduring a grueling, three hour aerobic fitness test after smoking, in the parking lot, what he hopes was his last cigarette.

After running for a couple hours, at increasingly higher rates, Eric's VO2 max is measured.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)


Eric Hansen and Annaleen overlooking the Admiralty Inlet (which opens to Lancaster Sound), still thoroughly frozen. The blue water patches are puddles of meltwater from the surface-ice exposed to the sun.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)


A couple of local Inuits paddle across the gap between the village's waterfront and the ubiquitous ice flow, upon which they spend a good deal of their lives hunting, and playing. During the short day-lit summer, the gap grows rapidly as the ice recedes.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)


The Jotun Arctic, a Norwegian sloop attempting to follow a historical route through the Northwest Passage, made it as far as Arctic Bay before the ice stranded them for the winter. The young couple piloting the boat, Knut and Camilla, spent their two winters frozen in Arctic Bay. In this photo, they're about a couple weeks from being freed by the ice.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)


Eric explores the lunar landscape around Arctic Bay.The signpost was erected by previous marathoners at Terry Fox Pass, between the village of Arctic Bay and the mining outpost Nanisivik.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)


Eric during the marathon, still in second place and re-approaching Arctic Bay after running the 21km dirt road toward Nanisivik and back. This is the northernmost permanent highway in the world.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)


Eric Hansen hiking the cliffs roughly 2,000 feet above Arctic Bay, Adams Sound and Baffin Island stretching out behind him.

Arctic Bay
(Chris Thompson)

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