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Farthest North - Volume 2

Fridtjof Nansen

Book Overview: 

One of the 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time.
-- National Geographic

"Nansen was the Chuck Yeager of polar exploration."
--The New York Times Book Review

Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram", 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months' Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nd we had rejoicings in honor of the sun, and the 84th degree.

“The next morning three of us went off and fetched the sledges back. Now, when we made for the ship, the dogs dragged much better, and in a short time we should have been on board had it not been for a long lane in the ice which we could see no end to, and which stopped us. Finally we left the sledges and, together with the dogs, managed to cross over on some loose pieces of ice and got on board. Yesterday we twice tried to fetch the sledges, but there had evidently been some movement in the lane, and the new ice was still so thin that we dared not trust it. We have, however, to-day got them on board, and we will now for the last time, it is to be hoped, prepare ourselves for the journey. I will now plan out the journey so as to take the shortest possible time, using [109]light sledges and tearing along as fast as legs and snowshoes will carry us. We shall be none the worse for this delay, provid. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is a gem. It provides a good level of detail for Nansen's expedition to get as close to the North Pole as possible in the late 19th century. The adventurers of the era were of a different class than what we would expect today. The plan was a bit ludicrous at the time, building a ship to...more

Hard to believe that a book devoted to this much time spent in essentially one spot in the polar ice cap can move along as well as it did. Interesting in the context of the science of the time, and typical 19th-century rah-rah trivialization of the EXTREME risks these guys took in the name of adv...more

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Kun koko maailma oli viime vuosisadan vaihteessa jo koluttu, niin eurooppalaisten katseet siirtyivät Pohjoisnavalle. Yksi sinne pyrkineistä retkikunnista oli Fridtjof Nansen miehistöineen. Hänellä oli teoria, että jos ajaisi laivan ahtojäiden keskelle Siperian pohjoispuolelle, niin se ajelehtisi...more

I recently saw an exhibition about Fridtjof Nansen and ”Fram” and though that with a little luck someone wrote a novel about it. There was definitely a lot of good material. Bad-ass 18-centrury scientist-.... need I say more? I turned out that Nansen himself wrote the book!

This book is a hidden p...more

I just finished reading Farthest North: The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorer, by Fridtjof Nansen. The book chronicles the 1893-1896 polar expedition of Nansen and his crew aboard the schooner Fram.

I continue to be fascinated by the exploits of men like Nansen and his crew. In pursuit of kno...more

Fridtjof Nansen takes you there. 1893. The Polar Sea. The arctic ice was just a blank on the map, and where others have failed, Nansen will push on.

This is a first-person account, based on handwritten journals, day in, day out. Nansen must turn a deaf ear to those critical colleagues who say it c...more

"Sono qui seduto da solo nella mia cuccetta e i pensieri scivolano indietro ai due anni trascorsi. Qual è il demone che tesse i fili delle nostre esistenze e che fa ingannare noi stessi, quello che ci spinge sempre avanti su sentieri che non abbiamo tracciato noi - sentieri sui quali non abbiamo...more

I have read, several times, the original edition of this story (translated from Swedish, I believe) and published in two volumes. My favorite part is the early section of the book, which describes the massive preparation for this voyage before they even left the port. The planning is fascinating....more

This book had potential but really dragged at multiple points. I guess there isn't too much to variance in your daily life to write about when you're frozen in an ice floe for a year at a time. If you're interested in the subject, I'd say skim around until you find some interesting parts, which t...more

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