The Arctic – while the ice is melting


Nordiska museet

2020-03-17 — 2021-10-10

Nordiska museet’s major exhibition, The Arctic – while the ice is melting, allows visitors to meet people from some of the world’s coldest places, where the environment and living conditions are changing at a rapid pace due to climate change.

The exhibition depicts people’s everyday life in a dramatic landscape, interpreted in a grand artistic and architectural space by the artist- and design duo MUSEEA.

The highlight of the exhibition is a huge block of ice, with a deep crack between then and now. Here visitors meet the history and future of ice – but above all the people who live in the Arctic of today, through photographs, films and voices.

The exhibition covers parts of the Arctic located in the Nordic region: Qaanaaq in Greenland, Vatnajökull in Iceland, Rovaniemi in Finland, Narvik in Norway and Arjeplog and Abisko in Sweden – but also touches the east and west of the Arctic like the Clyde River in Canada and Jamal in Russia.

The exhibition stems from the collaborative research on the subject People in the Arctic in the light of climate change led by Lotten Gustafsson Reinius, Hallwyl Visiting Professor of Ethnology at Nordiska museet and Stockholm University.

Nordiska museet collaborates with exhibition designers MUSEEA. Documentary photographer Camilla Andersen has created footage for the short films produced by the museum in collaboration with local communities and researchers. The project is partly financed by the Nordic Culture Fund and FORMAS, the Research Council for Sustainable Development.

The Arctic – while the ice is melting opened on October 10, 2019.


Adult: 140 SEK
Children/Youth 18 years and under: Free

Admission to the museum's other exhibitions is included in the price.