The Finnish geologist and Arctic explorer A. E. Nordenskiöld (1832–1901) spent much of his life in exile in Sweden, where he was made a baron. He served as Superintendent of the Mineralogical Department of the Swedish Royal Museum, and later became a Member of the Swedish Academy.
Following a number of expeditions during the 1860s, he concluded that the North Pole could not be reached by ship, and in 1872 he tried unsuccessfully to reach it overland. A great historian of cartography, he amassed a huge collection of maps, now included in UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register.
Volume 1 includes details of the flora, fauna, people and geology encountered on the journey from Tromsø to the Bering Strait, along with a review of previous exploration in the region.
A.E. Nordenskiöld, translated by Alexander Leslie
Cambridge University Press