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
The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery and Adventure in Antarctica’s Peninsula Region by Joan N. Boothe The book recounts mankind’s dramatic history from Magellan through the first years of the twenty-first century in the part of the Antarctic regions below South… Read More »The Storied Ice
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
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.
Antarctica – Two Years Amongst the Ice of the South Pole by Otto Nordenskjold (1905) Hurst & Blackett, London
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
Oceans, Poles and Airmen – The first flights over wide waters and desolate ice by Richard Montague Random House, New York, 1971
Bernt Balchen – Polar Aviator by Carroll V. Glines Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington, 1999 “He set polar flight records, organized a series of daring wartime air operations, and became a leader in Arctic aviation. But despite these achievements, Norwegian-American aviator… Read More »Bernt Balchen
Polar Flight by Basil Clarke Ian Allan London, 1964 One of the definitive books on polar aviation.
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“.
Airships in the Arctic by John Duggan Zeppelin Study Group, 2006 This comprehensive, well illustrated, volume from the Zeppelin Study Group covers not only the airship flights in the Arctic but “the political, commercial and personal stories” behind them.