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15 December 2022

Þvörusleikir - Yule lad

December 15

Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker) is the fourth Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 15th of December and departs for home on the 28th of December. Spoon-Licker was known for being tall, thin, and for stealing þvörur (long wooden spoons) to lick them, hoping to taste something sweet.

14 December 2022

Stúfur - Yule lad

December 14

Stúfur (Stubby) is the third Yule lad who comes to town on the night before the 14th of December and departs for home on the 27th of December. Stubby was known for being unusually short and for stealing pans so he could eat the crust left on them.

13 December 2022

Advances in Polar Science Issue 33 no. 3 Cover

The journal Advances in Polar Science (APS) published the third issue of 2022 (Vol.33, No.3) in October, and can be downloaded for free from the website:

13 December 2022

Giljagaur - Yule lad

December 13

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) is the second Yule Lad who comes to town on the night before the 13th of December and departs for home on the 26th of December. Gully Gawk was known to hide in gullies waiting for an opportunity to sneak into cowshed and steal the froth of the milk buckets.

11 December 2022

Yule Lads at Dimmuborgir, Mývatn

It is that time of the year again. Christmas is approaching and that means the Yule lads are again on the prowl! 

Our last year's coverage of their adventures and habits has received great attention. Thus, we decided that the Arctic Portal should honour them again with media coverage.

9 December 2022

From Thule to MOSAiC75 years of French and German Arctic Research - On the occasion of the 100th birthday of legendary professor Jean Malaurie (Website -

Monday, December 12 th 2022 – 18-20 CET a seminar and get-together will be held at the French Embassy in Berlin, Wilhelmstrasse 69. The event is free to attend in person or online!

8 December 2022

NatureHighly interesting article on the development of life in the North was published on 7 December 2022 in Nature. Genetic material collected from permafrost shows the northern part of Greenland was once a lush forest, home to poplar trees and other surprising organisms.

23 November 2022

Baltic Shipyard

The nuclear-powered icebreaker Yakutia, the fourth Project 22220 ship, was launched at Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg. President of Russia Vladimir Putin took part in the ceremony via videoconference.

18 November 2022

AY 2022 frontpageThe original aim of the 2022 Arctic Yearbook, before the war started, was to explore, analyze, critique, and deepen our collective understanding of the Russian Arctic and its economy, politics and societies. As Russia was chairing the Arctic Council; as a coming oil, gas, and minerals boom was strengthening the Russian Arctic’s global influence; as pollution and climate change were reshaping the Arctic environment; and as Russian polities and peoples were demanding more attention and control, the editors saw it as critically important to collect open access, high quality, and informed studies on the Russian Arctic.

15 November 2022


Circumpolar scientific cooperation in the Arctic is more important than ever at present challenging geo-political situation. The main purpose of the Arctic expert-to-expert initiative is continued dialogue and exchange of knowledge between transdisciplinary Arctic experts of all nations.

This dialogue should proceed in people-to-people format (in compliance with and bearing in mind the current regulations), be cross-disciplinary and focus on topics of mutual importance, such as problems associated with climate change and sustainability of the Arctic regions and communities.

9 November 2022

COP27 Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt 2022

On 8 November at the COP27 the COP27 Presidency announced the launch of Sharm-El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda in partnership with the High-Level Champions – a comprehensive, shared agenda to rally global action around 30 adaptation outcomes that are needed to address the adaptation gap and achieve a resilient world by 2030.

8 November 2022

COP27 logo

The 27th Conference of the Parties or COP27 kicked off on 7 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.  On the inauguration of the Climate Implementation Summit, more than 100 World Leaders gathered at COP27 to work towards implementation of existing climate agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol (adopted in 1997, entered into force 2005) and the Paris Agreement (adopted at COP21, 2015, entered into force 2016, the first legally-binding global treaty on climate change).

7 November 2022

FAO WorldFoodForum

This year, World Food Forum 2022 brought together more than 2,000 people in person at FAO headquarters in Rome, from presidents to artists, scientists, investors, Indigenous Peoples and young leaders from around the world! With over 40,000 visits online, and registrants from more than 180 countries, WFF 2022 provided a unique hybrid experience from across the globe to ensure inclusivity and awareness.

28 October 2022

Wilson Center

Wilson Center’s Polar Institute held its first discussion in a series about the new National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) on October 25th, featuring representatives from the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Department of Defense, State Department, and National Security Council.

26 October 2022


De La Pierre A Lame - Jean Malaurie

Jean Malaurie's new book "De la Pierre à l'âme" ("From Stone to Soul") has been published on 20 October 2022, by Éditions Plon.

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