Cecilia Blomdahl’s viral videos, a window into a world full of polar bears, reindeer and adventures in snowmobiling, offer surprisingly resonant insights for viewers who spent many months in lockdown.

Blomdahl, a self-taught photographer and videographer, has lived on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard for the past five years. Since her first post, in October, she’s gained a million followers and 15 million likes on TikTok.

Her videos let us slip into the lifestyle of someone who has made the most of her time in an isolated environment, one that can appear to be strikingly similar to the social isolation we were all plunged into during the pandemic.