Polar Expedition Resources
Listed below are some useful links and resources for Arctic and Antarctica travel. I’ve been fascinated by polar journeys for many years. I organised a few Arctic expeditions for the British Schools Exploring Society and visited Svalbard a couple of times. I’ve twice planned and researched polar expeditions, North and South Pole, that never came to fruition, and separately I’ve supported the Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition. Since then I’ve written a book called How to Get to the North Pole which also has a chapter on the South Pole.
- RGS Polar Manual – Absurdly thorough document on all aspects of polar expeditions which is free to download from this link.
- Adventure Stats – Wonderful data on every full-distance polar journey in history.
- Explorers Web – American website which is very hot on polar news. Some content isn’t available for free.
- How to Get to the North Pole short article – Here’s a basic overview that I wrote before completing my more detailed book.
- How to Get to the South Pole short article – A short overview written by Ann Daniels for Explorers Connect.
Below are a list of people involved in polar expeditions. The ones nearer the top are the more active and/or those who maintain regular blogs.
- Alex Hibbert - Longest unsupported polar journey. Blogs regularly.
- Ben Saunders - Youngest solo North Pole. Trying to break speed record. Regular Tweeter. Not blogged for a couple of years but some great stuff on his RSS feed archive.
- Antony Jinman - Been to North Pole and lots of stuff on Baffin. Runs Education Through Expeditions.
- Rosie Stancer - In race to become first solo woman to the North Pole.
- Felicity Aston - Magnetic North, Commonwealth South, and only solo female to traverse Antarctica.
- Børge Ousland - Arctic solo traverse, North Pole in winter, alone across Antarctica. Really hard.
Here are a few companies that offer guided expeditions:
- Newland - These guys run North and South Pole expeditions, training trips in Scandinavia, Greenland traverses and other expeditions including Kilimanjaro and Elbrus. My friend Helen Turton is the UK Expedition Manager. Mention my name if you contact them – Visit Newland Website
- The Polar People – Less extreme Arctic Holidays from Sarah and Jim Meyer, including sailing, photography and art.
- Adventure Network International (ANI) - The main company for anything down in Antarctica. Twinned with Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE).
- There are loads of companies on Google but you could also try Extreme Outdoor Adventures.
Call of the White
I was UK Support for this South Pole expedition.
Race to the Pole
Entertaining account of Cracknell and Fogle’s race.
Pen Hadow – Solo
The North Pole alone and unsupported
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know
Fiennes’ autobiography sold me on the idea of a life of adventure…
Worst Journey in the World
Widely considered the best in polar writing.
The Endurance Expedition
South: Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic odyssey.
How to Get to the North Pole:
and Other Iconic Adventures
Includes the chapter ‘How to Get to the South Pole’
6 more chapters. 10 times the detail.
- Top 10 Best Seller on Amazon’s Discory & Exploration
- “Highly recommended” – Adventure Travel Magazine
- Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
- Endorsed by Bear Grylls
- 100% five-star reader rating
(Photo courtesy of Robert Hollingworth)