The north has fired imaginations for generations as well it should. It is the one place on Earth that is utterly unforgiving if you fail to prepare well and learn your life way. When the weather is against you, every error can be a death sentence.
Other terrain areas are dangerous but survival is usually easily arranged. Not so in the north where you must put up fuel a half year ahead at a real expense in mobility.
Yet the peoples were always robust as well.