GAMBELL

ALASKA

On St Lawrence Island, the small island just off the American mainland, which belongs to Alaska, time seems to stand still. This feeling is not only imparted by the snow-covered tundra landscape that stretches all the way to the horizon. It is also due to the primitive lifestyle of the native inhabitants. The Yupik belong to one of the few peoples worldwide that are still permitted to hunt whales to eat. If you have a closer look, it quickly becomes apparent that this secluded location has also changed, for example, when the island’s inhabitants rush by on modern quad bikes while they are hunting.

Life in

the tundra

You will experience the culture of the natives throughout the entire ‘Alaska’ travel station at the Klimahaus. You will meet the Yupik children Steven and Taylor, who talk about their everyday lives. The life of the Yupik takes place in the discrepancy between tradition and the modern.

The second part of the Klimahaus ‘Alaska’ travel station offers visitors glimpses of a world in which hardly any travellers stray – even though the tundra’s vast expanses do have their charm. The animal world, perfectly adapted to living in this habitat, can hardly be discerned with the naked eye. The animals are difficult to detect, even in the Klimahaus, and you have to look very closely at the wall painting in order to see a walrus, hare or bear. Anyone who comes as close to a polar bear as in the drawing has absolutely no chance of escaping the biggest and most dangerous carnivore in the world. The Yupik have made a virtue of necessity: in order to discover the bears as early as possible, they hurl a hunter high up into the air using a blanket made from walrus skin. Today, this tradition is more for fun and a sport for young and old – like jumping on a trampoline.

When the

ice melts

While the inhabitants of Samoa feel the effects of climate change primarily by rising water levels, the Yupik are confronted with other problems, which are just as dangerous. Around the Bering Strait, in which St Lawrence Island lies, the period in which the sea is covered with ice has diminished by about 30 days since 1980. In spring, the ice disappears from the coast more rapidly, and in autumn it takes longer to form. For the Yupik, this means that there is one month less for hunting than they had 35 years ago.

Contact

Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost

Am Längengrad 8

27568 Bremerhaven

 

T.: +49-(0)471-902030-0

F.: +49-(0)471-902030-99

info@klimahaus-bremerhaven.de

 

 

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Opening hours

April to August

Mon - Fri:09 am - 07 pm
Sat, Sun, Holidays:10 am - 07 pm

 

 

Opening hours

September to March

  

Mon - Fri:10 am - 06 pm
Sat, Sun, Holidays:10 am - 06 pm

 

 

Ticket Prices

Adults 18 years and over16,00 €
Group/Adults (15 people or more)13,00 €
Concessions

11,50 €

Group/Concessions
(15 people or more)
8,50 €
Children aged 4 years and underFree from
Family Ticket 35,00 €