My Arctic Summer
Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago which is situated between Greenland and the Barents Sea. In the 16th century the islands were visited by Barents' expedition and in the ensuing centuries were used primarily as a base for hunting whales, polar bears, seals and walruses. The first scientific research expeditions came from many countries in the 18th century. Following the Svalbard Treaty in 1920 Poland took part in this research and has since developed a strong tradition in the science of the island's geology, flora, fauna and environment.
The author describes her experiences during three polar expeditions to the High Arctic, and conveys to the reader the essence and atmosphere of this fragile environment, the landscape, nature and day to day life of people working on Spitsbergen. For those who have already travelled to the Arctic, this book will be a welcome reminder of their own experiences, while for others it will open a window on the complex nature of the Arctic environment and the joys and hardships connected with any polar expedition.