Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Iqaluit, Day 2: The cost of arctic living

Today I was confronted with the, pardon my french, insane prices of everyday life in the Arctic. I knew beforehand that nothing up here will be cheap due to high import costs. But coming from Ireland, which I already consider being a bit on the pricey side, it was a little bit shocking to learn what people actually pay here on a regular basis. Good thing is, when I return to Ireland I will be so used to arctic prices that the shopping bill won't hurt anymore ;P

So, today we went shopping for groceries. See for yourself...

Fresh food junkies have a hard life!

... chocolate junkies, too

Seriously... wtf?!

I totally bought one. Had no other option!

No insult inteded, but this is DEATH in a can!!

A little bit of home for a reasonable price.


My shopping cart in total...

... and what I ended up paying.
Honestly, I was expecting more!


  1. 114 EUR for that bit of shopping. These are just hardcore prices - I can see you eating irish stew a lot, since thats the cheapest option.

  2. Ouch Eva, that must have hurt >.<

  3. wahnsinn, und ich denk schon immer, wenn ich im bioladen einkaufe, das ist ganz shcön viel...

  4. Wow! I'll enjoy going to Supervalu tomorrow...

  5. Now wait a minute... that Irish stew has peas in it :O... that must be why it costs so much compared to back home.

  6. Woaaaaaah, 53,-CAD for a lasagna!!! Do they even have horsemeat in there?! But thanks for the great photos and insights into the life at the arctic circle. I already was in love the with the polar bear skull in the kitchen. And how does arctic char taste like?