In September of 1893, Norwegian zoologist Fridtjof Nansen and crew manned the schooner Fram, intending to be the first to reach the North Pole. When, after a year in the Arctic ice, it was clear that their ship was stuck fast, Nansen and a companion, Hjalmar Johansen, struck off by themselves. Traveling by dogsled, foot and kayak, they were determined to go «farthest north».
The ferocious weather repulsed them, and the endured a frigid winter in a moss hut subsisting
on meals of walruses and polar bears. In the spring of 1896, after three years of trekking, and having made it to within four degrees of the pole – farther than anyone before – the Norwegians returned to safety to be greeted as heroes bu a public who had given them up for dead.
Complete with an extensive collection of photographs and illustrations, this unabridged edition of Farthest North chronicles Nansen ́s entire journey in fascinating detail.
Demanding comparison with the stories of Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton, Nansen ́s narrative stands with the best writing on adventure and exploration.
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