Below is a working (and growing) bibliography for the Arctic Encounters project. You can also see a list of recent and forthcoming project-specific and related publications by the researchers working on Arctic Encounters.

General / Regional

Beck, Ulrich (2009) World at Risk, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Birkeland, Inger (2005) Making Place, Making Self: Travel Subjectivity and Sexual Difference, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Brody, Hugh (1976) ‘Colonialism in the Arctic’, History Workshop 1.1: 245-253.

Bruner, Edward (2004) Culture on Tour: Ethnographies of Travel, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Carrigan, Anthony (2011) Postcolonial Tourism: Literature, Culture, Environment, London: Routledge.

Clifford, James (1997) Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Craciun, Adriana (2009) ‘The Scramble for the Arctic’, Interventions 11.1: 103-114.

Emmerson, Charles (2010) The Future History of the Arctic, London: The Bodley Head.

Franklin, A. (2004) ‘“Tourism as an ordering”: towards a new ontology of tourism’, Tourist Studies 4.3: 277-301.

Hall, C. Michael, K. Müller and Jarkko Saarinen (eds.) (2009) Nordic Tourism: Issues and Cases, Bristol: Channel View Publications.

Heininen, Lassi and Chris Southcott (eds.) (2010) Globalization and the Circumpolar North, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Holland, Patrick and Graham Huggan (1998) Tourists with Typewriters: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Travel Writing, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Huggan, Graham (2001) The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins (London: Routledge).

Huggan, Graham (2009) Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an Age of Globalization, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Jensen, Lars and Kristin Loftsdottir (eds.) (2012) Whiteness and Postcolonialism in the Nordic Region, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Knudsen, Britta Timm and Anne Marit Waade (eds.) (2010) Re-inventing Authenticity: Tourism, Place and the Emotions, Bristol: Channel View Publications.

Konyshev, Valery and Aleksandr Sergunin (2012) ‘The Arctic at the Crossroads of Geopolitical Interests’, Russian Politics and Law 50.2: 245-253.

Lück, M., P.T. Maher and E.J.Stewart (eds.) (2010) Cruise Tourism in the Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Responsibility, London: Earthscan.

Nash, D. (1977) ‘Tourism as a form of imperialism’, in V.L. Smith (ed.) Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 33-47.

Petersen, Robert (1995) ‘Colonialism as seen from a former colonized area’, Arctic Anthropology 32.3: 118-126.

Pettersson, Robert (2009) Developing Indigenous Tourism: Visiting the Sami People of Northern Europe, Berlin: VDM Verlag.

Poddar, Prem, Rajeev Patke and Lars Jensen (eds.) (2008) Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and its Empires, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Ryall, Anka, Johan Schimanski and Henning Howlid Waerp (eds.) (2010) Arctic Discourses, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Sale, Richard and Eugene Potapov (2010) The Scramble for the Arctic: Ownership, Exploitation and Conflict in the Far North, London: Frances Lincoln.

Stewart, E.J., D. Draper and M. Johnston (2005) ‘A Review of Tourism Research in the Polar Regions’, Arctic 58.4: 383: 394

Vitebsky, Piers (2006) The Reindeer People: Living With Animals and Spirits in Siberia (New York: Mariner Books).


Benediktsson, Karl., 2007: “Scenophobia”, geography and the aes- thetic politics of landscape. Geogr. Ann., 89 B (3): 203–217.

Jóhannesson, Gunnar Thór and Huijbens, Edward H. (2010) ‘Tourism in times of crisis: exploring the discourse of tourism development in Iceland’, Current Issues in Tourism, 13: 5, 419 — 434

Karlsdóttir, Unnur B. (2013). Nature worth seeing! The tourist gaze as a factor in shaping views on nature in Iceland
 Tourist Studies 13: 139-155.

Oslund, Karen Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books).

Steinberg, P., E., Tasch, J. and H. Gerhardt (2014 forthcoming). Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circumpolar North. London: I.B Tauris.

Sæþórsdóttir, Anna Dóra, C. Michael Hall & Jarkko Saarinen (2011). Making wilderness: tourism and the history of the wilderness idea in Iceland, Polar Geography, 34:4, 249-273.

Popular Reading (with short reviews)

Cherry-Garrard, Apsley The Worst Journey In The World (Vintage, 2010)
Long out of print and now revived by Vintage, this classic first-hand account of Scott’s harrowing expedition to the South Pole is largely considered the best piece of writing on Polar exploration ever. Cherry-Garrard was the youngest member of Scott’s team and a member of the rescue party which later located Scott’s frozen body. Loaded with specifics of scientific discovery.

Dowdeswell, Julian & Hambrey, Michael Islands of the Arctic (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Gorgeously photographed book on Arctic landscapes, flora, fauna and climates, with accompanying text that goes into detail about the science of glaciers and other landscape phenomena. Written by two authors clearly passionate about this part of the world, the book will appeal to anyone with an iota of interest in the environmental issue currently threatening the Arctic.

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (British Library, 2012)
Gorgeous travelogue penned by the creator of Sherlock Holmes when he was just 20 years old. Doyle spent half a year as a ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaler, and his adventurous journal – which has been uniquely reproduced here as a facsimile photographed from the original parchments – documents the exciting Golden Age of seafaring with humour and daring.

Haas. Robert Through the Eyes of the Vikings: An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands (National Geographic, 2010)
Photographic book, shot over three years, showcasing the beguiling work of aerial photographer Haas, whose panoramas of the North give the reader pause. His stunning landscapes span colour palettes and ranges of patterns that you’d never even dream existed somewhere so brutally inhospitable to humans. Horses, caribou and polar bears make some spectacular cameos.

Huebert, Rob and Shadian, Jessica M. The Arctic in Global Affairs: A Region in Transformation (Continuum, 2012)
Looks specifically at what is transforming the Arctic, dipping into areas of trade, environmental policy, international relationships and global governance. A good part of the book tries to answer the question: Who owns (or Who should own) the Arctic? Should appeal to anyone with some interest in the geopolitics of the North.

McClintock, James Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Penned by a professor of Polar and Marine Biology with over a dozen Antarctic expeditions under his belt, this book gives an interesting and personal glimpse into some of the environmental research currently being carried out at the end of the world. It’s one of the more readable accounts of the realities of climate change experienced up close.

Roberts, Peder The European Antarctic: Science and Strategy in Scandinavia and the British Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
Academic tome written in an elegant and accessible manner, this study looks at how the unknown southern polar regions were imagined by the Scandinavian nations and the Brits as projections of European dreams, apprehensions and mores. It engages in very interesting ways on how commercial and scientific interests aligned and diverged while these countries studied and explored the Antarctic throughout the 20th century.

Sandler, Martin W. The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure (Candlewick, 2012)
This Pulitzer Prize nominated author has woven together missives, expedition reports and images to recreate the details of this whaling adventure – and the rescue mission that followed it. A heartbreaking take of staggering bravery and perseverance.

Smith, Laurence The New North: The World in 2050 (Profile, 2012)
Penned by a UCLA professor, this interesting title analyses trends in population growth, migration, natural resources, climate change and globalisation to forecast a shift in political and economic focus to the Arctic. Smith’s arguments that the northern countries of Russia, Alaska and Canada and Scandinavia will thrive, while more southerly nations will encounter coastal flooding, water shortages, crowded conurbations and aging populations, are strong – and scary.

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