Page 402. " the heat in the igloos of my childhood "
Inside of an igloo
Public DomainInside an igloo - Credit: Canadian Geological Survey

 The word igloo commonly refers to snowhouses, although in fact iglu means simply 'a house' and can describe traditional tents, homes constructed of driftwood and sod houses, as well as modern accomodation.

Smilla is referring to an igloo built of snow and lined inside with animal skins, which raises the temperature inside up to 20°C.

Page 403. " have you ever heard of Ilya Prigogine? "

Ilya Prigogine was a Russian-born naturalized Belgian scientist, who in 1977 was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his dissipative structures theory.  His work is often seen as a bridge between natural and social sciences. Prigogine also undermined the concept of determinism as a viable scientific belief.

Page 410. " you can't win against the ice "

Glacier near Qaanaaq
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumGlacier near Qaanaaq - Credit: Stephane Vitry

Frozen waterfall near Nuuk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumFrozen waterfall near Nuuk - Credit: Stephane Vitry

Glacier in Ilulissat, Disko Bay
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumGlacier in Ilulissat, Disko Bay - Credit: Stephane Vitry