A chronological history of voyages into the Arctic regions; undertaken chiefly for the purpose of discovering a north-east, north-west, or polar passage between the Atlantic and Pacific by John Barrow John Murray, London, 1818 Available at: https://archive.org/details/chronologicalhis00barr/page/n7/mode/2up
The Arctic North-East and West Passage by Hessel Gerrtsz An 1878 translation of an early work from 1612-13 Available at: https://archive.org/details/arcticnortheast00queigoog/page/n4/mode/2up
Arctic Exploration Timeline Largely derived from Wikipedia. For discussion of timeline sources see Arctic Exploration Timeline – Sources Use the search box to filter the table or click on a heading to sort the table.Use the dropdown to select more/fewer… Read More »Arctic Exploration Timeline & Index
Nansen – The Fram Voyage – Furthest North by Fridjof Nansen (1897) The book that started my interest in the history of polar exploration. Further details on the Fram can be found at the Fram Museum website at: http://www.frammuseum.no/Polar-Expedition/Expedition-1.aspx … Read More »Nansen – The Fram Voyage: Furthest North
The FRAM Museum Website contains descriptions of the expeditions of Nansen, Sverdrup and Amundsen including: Nansen: Across the Greenland ice (1888-1889) The First Fram Expedition (1893-1896) Sverdrup: The Second Fram Expedition (1898-1902) Amundsen: The Gjøa Expedition (1903-1906) The Third Fram Expedition… Read More »Fram Museum Website
Detailed maps of voyages in the Canadian Arctic from 16th to 19th Century are available on the Canada Arctic website at: http://www.sfu.ca/geog351fall02/gp2/WEBSITE/2_content_g.html These also contain chronological lists of voyages.
The transit of the North-West Passage in 1940-42 and again in 1943-44 by the RMCP vessel St. Roch under Corporal Henry Larsen is described on the Arctic Institute of North America website at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/arcticexpedition/larsenexpeditions
First International Polar Year (IPY) 1881 to 1884 “The first International Polar Year (IPY) took place from 1881 to 1884, and was the first series of coordinated international expeditions to the Polar Regions ever undertaken. The first IPY, inspired by… Read More »First International Polar Year (IPY) 1881 to 1884
National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration – Arctic Research http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/ Provides wide range of material on both current research and historical exploration. Includes a photolibrary: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/gallery.html Has a fascinating section on the First International Polar Year 1881-1884 at http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/aro/ipy-1/
ARCTIC SUBMARINE LABORATORY – Collections of Photographs http://www.csp.navy.mil/asl/Scrapbook.htm
Geo-Politics in High North “The aim of the GeoPolitics in the High North research programme is to develop new knowledge about actors and their interests in the High North. The programme is led by the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies,… Read More »Geo-Politics in High North
The Svalbard Archipelago – American Military and Political Geographies of Spitsbergen and Other Norwegian Territories, 1941-1950 edited and with an introduction by P.J. Capelotti Contains a US military report from 1942 that contains descriptions of every aspect of the islands… Read More »The Svalbard Archipelago
The Wellman Polar Airship Expeditions at Virgohamna, Danskoya, Svalbard by P.J. Capelotti Norsk Polarinstitutt, Oslo, 1997
To The Pole – The Diary and Notebook of Richard E. Byrd 1925-1927 by Raimund E. Groeler Ohio State University Press, 1998
Arctic Airmen – The RAF in Spitsbergen and North Russia, 1942 by Ernest Schofield & Roy Conyers Nesbit Spellmount, Staplehurst, 2005 First Published by William Kimber in 1987
The Sledge Patrol by David Howarth Collins, London, 1957 The story of wartime dog patrols in the North-East of Greenland during WWII.
Drift Station – Arctic Outposts of Superpower Science by William F. Althhoff Potomac Books, Washington, 2007 “Closed to conventional passage, the Arctic Ocean and peripheral seas have nevertheless known European explorers since the sixteenth century. Systematic observation, however, dates only… Read More »Drift Station
By Airship to the North Pole – An Archaeology of Human Exploration by P.J. Capelotti Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 1999 Describes the attempts to reach the pole by Andree in 1897 and Wellman in 1907-1909
The Arctic Frontier edited by R. St. J. MacDonald University of Toronto Press, 1966 An series of articles concerning the administration of Northern territiories and their peoples and a relatively early reviews of the strategic significance of the Arctic.
The Scramble for the Arctic – Ownership, Exploitation and Conflict in the Far North by Richard Sales & Eugene Potapov Frances Lincoln Limited, London, 2010 “…examines the history of the region and its exploration, the current state of ownership, the… Read More »The Scramble for the Arctic
Russia and the North edited by Elana Wilson Rowe University of Iowa Press, 2009 A series of articles concerning Russia activities in the Arctic covering “circumpolar cooperation, security, fisheries, energy, climate change, population/migration and indigenous peoples“.