By Joanna Kavenna
An outstanding trip via fable and historical past looking for a misplaced world
To the ancients, Thule was once a land past the sting of the maps, a northerly dreamland. It was once a secret for millions of years, lengthy regarded as an icy Eden, a spot of beautiful attractiveness and unequaled purity. The misplaced international of Thule captured the mind's eye of poets, artists, explorers, and, such a lot lately, author Joanna Kavenna, who set out on a harrowing and exhilarating voyage of discovery. Her trip took her to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard-into the Arctic wasteland, over frozen seas and ice mountains-in seek of this such a lot haunting of northern areas.
As she travels, Kavenna reveals strains of past writers and seekers: Richard Francis Burton, William Morris, Anthony Trollope, and Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. yet she involves notice darkness additionally inhabits Thule. She reveals ice-bound relics of the chilly battle. She reveals the tale of the Thule Society, an offshoot of the Nazi occasion, dedicated to the "purity" of the Nordic peoples. half diary, half detective path, The Ice Museum is a ask yourself voyage via panorama and delusion, equivalent to Lucy Jago's The Northern Lights and Barry Lopez's nationwide booklet Award-winning Arctic Dreams.