The First Crossing of Greenland

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This new paperback edition is a compact abridgement of the comprehensive two volumes of journals written by Fridtjof Nansen during his daring crossing of Greenland. At the time, no one had ever succeeded in or even seriously thought about penetrating the icy depths of Greenland or any polar region.

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'The visionary Norse explorer' JON KRAKAUER; 'A modern Viking' DAILY MAIL; 'Nansen looms over the heroic age like an Old Testament Prophet' SARA WHEELER

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Before Nansen s journey, the vast, impenetrable arctic regions were exasperating nineteenth-century explorers. For four centuries no one had been able to come up with a means of conquering them; Greenland, their first stepping-stone, had repelled an armada of scientists who had tried to conquer its glaciers: some lost their lives, none of them left a trace of their mammoth expeditions.

Nansen, an over-confident adolescent thought he knew better in 1882. Convinced that one could succeed on skis, a sport which had only recently become popular in Norway and was practically unknown elsewhere, he set about organising an expedition so modest that it consisted of only six members who would pull their own sledges. Denied a grant that was usually forthcoming for an expedition of this type, he arranged for his own transport via two steam passages before being dropped off somewhere in the icy waters in front of the Arctic coast of Greenland.

Astonishingly enough, he did become the first human to witness the ghostly Arctic world in its treacherous, solitary splendour, and live to tell about it. His success made him a living legend at the age of twenty eight and his methods changed Arctic exploration forever, opening the way to the conquests by his later acolytes Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. Nansen s amazing expedition diaries of 1890 are now being republished for the first time together with the captivating expedition photographs he himself made during the voyage.

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