As one of the northernmost settlements on earth, the Norwegian hamlet of Longyearbyen has become a magnet for adventurous souls looking to start a new life. But when an unsettling crime happened, it brought home a harsh reality: in the modern world, trouble always finds you.
Finland shares an 833-mile border with an aggressive and unpredictable neighbor. That proximity led to a major conflict during World War II—the horrific Winter War—and even now it keeps Finns nervous about Russia’s intentions. David Wolman suited up to train with the elite soldiers who will be on the front lines if this cold feud ever gets hot.
Last winter, the author ventured to the tundra with an extreme tour company promising the ultimate digital renewal—ten days living with nomadic reindeer herders in one of the planet’s last remaining off-the-grid dark spots. Is it really possible to totally unplug?
Some good ol' PED-fueled fun
Pilot Fedor Konyukhov touched down in Bonnie Rock, Australia, having circumnavigated the globe in record time
Halfway around the world, fly-fishing scientists are unraveling the secret lives of giant steelhead—one cast at a time
This is what happens when you enlist fly-fishermen on a scientific quest to save one of the world's last great steelhead populations
Cold war politics between Russia and Norway left a group of polar marathoners, arctic skiers, extreme tourists, and climate scientists in limbo in the Arctic Circle in what might have been the worst season ever for those hoping to reach the North Pole
This is the story of a place at the edge of the world, where a black bear ventured into a Russian hamlet and attacked a human. One bear became two, two became dozens, and before long no one would leave their home, and no one had any idea what to do.
The writer's best travel works, compiled in 'Kingdoms in the Air,' are a lesson in curiosity, empathy, and proper fly-fishing technique
In response to Russian doping, U.S. athletes rally around Alysia Montano
The basics and background on the latest doping bomb to drop
Nearly 30 years ago, Jimmy Nelson set it upon himself to document that last of the world's ancient tribes and peoples with his 50-year-old 4x5 film camera.
The winners of the The World at Night's annual photo contest. Whoa!
There's a reason exiles dreaded being packed off to Siberia. While retracing the path of a doomed 19th-century U.S. polar expedition in the Russian High Arctic, we encounter swarming mosquitoes, a few Kalashnikovs, an island lost in time, the burial site of ten brave men, and a haunting beauty like nothing we've ever seen.
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