Ikaluktutiak means "Good fishing place".
A seal that surprised me as I was sitting by myself on shore in Cambridge Bay. I startled it as much as it startled me. (Photo by A. Balsom)
One of the many sled dogs I encountered in the towns. (Photo by A. Balsom)
A stone arch. Many stone sculptures, called "inuksuit", meaning "man-like" indicate significance on the landscape, pertaining either to hunting grounds, traveling directions, or sometimes spiritual matters. Some arches may act as sightlines pointing to a specific place. (Photo by A. Balsom)
A Cambridge Bay grave. Many of the burial sites were decorated, but often unmarked with specific names. (Photo by A. Balsom)
A puppy waiting for dinner. (Photo by A. Balsom)
The wreck of the Maud. Captained by Roald Amundsen in 1917, the first explorer to reach the South Pole and the first explorer to navigate the Northwest Passage. Built to be intentionally frozen into the ice, the ship was supposed to freeze into the icepack and drift to the North Pole. During the failed expedition, Amundsen was mauled by a polar bear and the ship was trapped off Siberia for two years beset in ice. The expedition was abandoned, and the Hudson's Bay Company eventually bought the boat, which eventually sank because of a leak while anchored. (Photo by A. Balsom)
And yet another dog....(Photo by A. Balsom)