A Photographic Tribute to the Beauty of the High Arctic

The helicopter circled above ground to find a possible landing place. In a bay the pilot found a gentle hill and prepared for landing. Under the noise of the rotor blades, our expedition gears were unloaded. Then the helicopter took off and turned to the north: we were left to our own devices, abandoned in the FROZEN LATITUDES of the Arctic wilderness. Now there was no turning back.

Der Helikopter zog eine Schleife, um eine mögliche Landestelle zu sichten. In einer Bucht fand der Pilot einen sanften Hügel und setzte zur Landung an. Unter dem Lärm der Rotoren wurde unser Expeditionsgepäck ausgeladen. Dann hob der Helikopter ab und zog weiter Richtung Norden: Wir waren abgesetzt, ausgesetzt in den FROZEN LATITUDES der arktischen Wildnis. Jetzt gab es kein Zurück mehr.

Frozen Latitudes is About

The passion for The Cold

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Ambitious first-hand expedition stories from some of the remotest places in Greenland, Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean


The High Arctic becoming un-frozen due to global warming


Take a look at the fine art photo book in English and German with its stunning panoramic photos, moving stories and the scientific facts about the warming Cryosphere from the Austrian Polar Research Institute.


Read the passionate FROZEN LATITUDES Essays.

Frozen Latitudes Events

Thursday, 20th Februray 2020

Torradagar, Klaksvik, Faroe Islands

Prof. Wolfgang Schöner (APRI) and Christoph Ruhsam are invited to the cultural Torradagar days to the Faroe Islands and will talk about the Arctic and the impact of global warming.

Frozen Latitudes Essays

Fundamental Change

A number of scientists who have actually been working with sea ice measurement had predicted some years ago that the retreat of Arctic summer sea ice would accelerate as it is part of a fundamental change. The same applies to the land ice masses like the Greenlandic ice sheet.


Unwrapping Frozen Latitudes

Sitting on a Grass Roof Enjoying a Wienerwald Spring morning on the grass roof of our shed   I could see a parcel delivery van turning into our side road and stopping in front of our house. On the parcel I spotted the letters “Seltmann PrintArt” and knew it was the delivery of the first…


Frozen Latitudes become real

Printing Frozen Latitudes Here in Lüdenscheid, Germany, the fine arts print company Seltmann Printart has started today with the print production of Frozen Latitudes. I’m here to sign-off the individual print sheets and fine tune the color settings. We are printing on a Heidelberg Speedmaster printer which is filling a whole hall of the print…


The mystical Aurora Borealis

Since 30 years I travel to the High Arctic. If there is one thing that blows my mind every time and is like a dream come true, it must be witnessing the colorful Aurora Borealis in the Night Sky. The cold Arctic air allows us to witness colors of an incredible intensity. On each of…


Hello, I’m Christoph.

CONTACT ME I live in beautiful Austria and I call myself lucky being surrounded by abundant nature and mountains. My eagerness longs for more pristine landscapes, though – travelling into the High Arctic is my passion. My enthusiasm for the cryosphere dates back to my childhood. At the age of seven I went up the…