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Farthest North

The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorer
Narrated by: Ulf Bjorklund
Length: 28 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, World
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Summary

In 1893 Norwegian zoologist Fridtjof Nansen set sail for the North Pole in the Fram, a ship specially designed to be frozen into the polar ice cap, withstand its crushing pressures, and travel north with the sea's drift. Experts said that such a ship couldn't be built and that the mission was tantamount to suicide.

Farthest North, first published in 1897 to great popular appeal, is the stirring first-person account of the Fram and her historic voyage. Nansen tells of his expedition's struggle against snowdrifts, ice floes, polar bears, scurvy, gnawing hunger, and the seemingly endless polar night that transformed the Fram into a "cold prison of loneliness".

Once it became clear that the Fram could drift no farther, Nansen and crew member Hjalmar Johansen set out on a harrowing 15-month sledge journey to reach their destination by foot, which required them to share a sleeping bag of rotting reindeer fur and to feed the weaker sled dogs to the stronger ones.

In the end, they traveled 146 miles farther north than any westerner had gone before, representing the greatest single gain in polar exploration in four centuries. Farthest North is an unforgettable story that marks the beginning of the modern age of exploration and is a must-hear for the armchair adventurer.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Fridtjof Nansen (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 07-05-19

Amazing Story Told Firsthand

An incredible Norwegian explorer, statesman and Nobel laureate. Nansen’s luck in safely returning home after years on ice is an incredible story. His journey home was relived by explorer Borge Ousland who can give a modern account of the challenges Nansen faced. Reading Farthest North and Ousland’s The Great Polar Journey give you a good idea of these challenges. The only thing better would be strapping on your Asnes skis and heading to Svalbard.

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  • 18-12-18

very enlightening,

This was a well put together and very eventful story or historic account it's not really a story not my type of reading but I went all the way through it it was a good decent book