Nordenskiöld, an Explorer and Scientist from the North



During his 1878-79 expedition, the Finnish-Swedish scientist Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832–1901) became the first European explorer to sail through the Northeast Passage - the northern sea route connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean along the Russian Arctic coast. Nordenskiöld's various expeditions to the Arctic considerably expanded scientific knowledge of the polar regions.

Author Biography

Seija A. Niemi, University of Turku, Finland

Seija A. Niemi is an environmental historian with a wide range of interests. At the University of Turku she completed her MA in Cultural History with a thesis on the Finnish Tango King Olavi Virta in 2003 and earned her PhL in Finnish History with an environmental thesis on the history of birch tree in the Finnish forests in 2005. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis which discusses the Finnish-Swedish explorer and scientist Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832 – 1901) and his place in the history of Finnish conservation.