On St Lawrence Island, small island just off the American mainland that belongs to Alaska, the snow-covered tundra landscape, home of the Yupik people, stretches to the horizon. The indigenous people live a traditional lifestyle , but if you have a closer look, it quickly becomes apparent that this secluded location has changed, for example, when the island’s inhabitants rush by on 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 there are few travellers, althoughthe tundra’s vast expanses has its special charm. The wildlife, perfectly adapted to living in this habitat, can hardly be seen 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. If you come as close to a real polar bear as the drawing, you have absolutely no chance of escaping. 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 of a fun and 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 facing other problems, equally dangerous. Around the Bering Strait, where St Lawrence Island is located, the period in which the sea is covered with sea ice has shortened by about 30 days since 1980. In spring, the sea ice disappears from the coast more rapidly, and in autumn it takes longer to form. For the Yupik, this means that their hunting season becomes shorter and more dangerous due to higher waves on the sea-ice-free Arctic Ocean.


Klimahaus® Bremerhaven

Am Längengrad 8

27568 Bremerhaven


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Opening hours

Daily:10 am - 06 pm
1st January, 6th, 13th, 27th February, 24th, 25th and 31th December: closed



Ticket Prices

Adults 18 years and overfrom 18,00 EUR
Group/Adults (15 people or more)14,00 EUR

from 14,00 EUR

(15 people or more)
9,00 EUR
Children between 4 and 13 yearsfrom 10,00 EUR
Children aged 3 years and underFree