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Farthest North - Volume 1

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: 
. . .It will be evident from the plan above expounded that the most important point in the equipment of our expedition was the building of the ship that was to carry us through the dreaded ice regions. The construction of this vessel was accordingly carried out with greater care, probably, than has been devoted to any ship that has hitherto ploughed the Arctic waters. I found in the well-known shipbuilder, Colin Archer, a man who thoroughly understood the task I set him, and who concentrated all his skill, foresight, and rare thoroughness upon the work. We must gratefully recognize that the success of the expedition was in no small degree due to this man.

Colin Archer

If we turn our attention to the long list of former expeditions and to their equipments, it cannot but strike us that scarcely a single vessel had been built specially for the purpose—in fact, the majority of explorers have not even provided themselves with vessels whic. . . Read More

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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 in

This gem of a book is the firsthand account of the author’s attempt to reach the north pole by drifting with the ice from the coast of Siberia.

Nansen first began to consider the possibility of reaching the North Pole after reading meteorologist Henrik Mohn's theory on polar drift in 1884. According

Nansen led a Norwegian expedition in 1895 to try to get to the North Pole. His book is incredibly detailed in describing the ship they built, the provisions, life on board once the ship was iced in and slowly drifted north, the dash to the North by Nansen and one companion and the return to Norway o

DNFing this at a quarter of the way. I was struggling with following it and wanted a structured nonfiction narrative rather than memoir style, oops.... also i couldn't stand to hear about another reindeer dying lmao

"The spirit of mankind will never rest till every spot of these regions has been trodden by the foot of man, till every enigma has been solved."

In a time when a veil of mystery still shrouded the Arctic, when maps were left blank in the northern regions and theories about polar continents and warm p

im dead

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 19-centrury scientist-.... need I say more? I turned out that Nansen himself wrote the book!

This book is a hidden pear

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 knowle

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 can'

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. Na

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