Built for the ice | The christening of Norway's new research vessel, the icebreaker "Kronprins Haakon", will take place in Tromsø on Nov. 17. The ceremony will be carried out with a piece of ice from the Arctic, echoing the christening of "Maud" by Roald Amundsen in 1917. During the Maud Expedition (1918-1925) attempts were made to drift over the Arctic Ocean following the east-west current north of the Bering Strait. Although the expedition failed to perform a cross-Arctic drift, the scientific output from the expedition, led by Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, vastly expanded the knowledge about the Arctic basin depth and tidal properties, and earned Sverdrup a reputation as a distinguished oceanographer and meteorologist. We hope that "Kronprins Haakon" will contribute to a similar quantum leap in Arctic science and enjoy a longer service in the ice than its ancestor.
More information about Maud () and the Maud expedition () is available from the Fram Museum, and historical film material is available from NRK (). | Photo 1: Anders Beer Wilse, 7 March 1918, Norsk Folkemuseum | Photo 2: Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, 1919, Norwegian Polar Institute | Map 3: Harald Dag Jølle, Norwegian Polar Institute
Edge Of Europe #2
Franz Josef Land.
A island group east of Svalbard on the very edge of Europe. There are almost no settlements and it’s part of The Russian Federation. It was discovered in 1865 and named after the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Josef I. In a united Europe this land could be part of the super state.
In December of 2013, @alexhibbert led an international quartet of polar explorers to the extreme north of Arctic Greenland. After a huge storm destroyed their intended route to the North Pole in the darkness of winter, instead of retreating, they decided to explore the beautiful but unforgiving region of Avanerriaq - the home of the Polar Eskimos. What followed was six months of harsh education, gripping adventure, and twenty unruly sled dogs. We have a handful of signed Polar Eskimo copies left, published by @tricornbooks. More to come, but get hold of the first few while they’re still available: Ground Floor, in the Travel section near the back of the shop.
A phone call to Santa Clause. You won’t believe what happened next. Oh my shooti shooti shit.
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It’s not Christmas without a beautiful release from the man behind the smile “ DOUG HYDE” 😊
Such a stunning new collection! Personally loved as it encapsulates one of my favourite things ! Dog walks in the rain!
What a gift to go on that Christmas list! Now’s the time Father Christmas is checking it twice......... let’s hope you’ve been nice! 😆 🎅 🎁