Looking for more polar adventure stories?

October 19, 2015

Just in case the breath-taking stories of Sir Ernest Shackleton are not enough to keep you enthralled and entertained, why not indulge your polar interests with those of Sir John Franklin, Capt. Roald Amundsen, Capt. Robert F. Scott or Sir Douglas Mawson? With photography, documentaries, books free to view online and a wide selection of reading elsewhere, we hope you find something that catches your attention!


They each include pioneering exploration, headstrong characters, fierce conditions, extraordinary human persistence & endurance, the untimely, tragic & mysterious loss of life, inspiring humanity and great stories.


For a start, use these first pages to tip a toe into the cold waters of polar explorers:


Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge:



Arctic World page of explorers:



Cool Antarctica history of exploration page: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/History/exploration-history.php


Wikipedia entry, list of polar explorers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_polar_explorers




Sir John Franklin


Channel 4 documentary. Secret History: Hunt for the Arctic Ghost Ship (Channel 4 sign-up is required to view this documentary. Well worth it.):




Andrew D. Lambert. Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation:




Upcoming publication charting and displaying the discovery of the HMS Erebus in 2014: John Geiger & Alanna Mitchell. Franklin’s Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of ‘HMS Erebus’.




A. H. Beesly. Sir John Franklin. (1881):


https://archive.org/details/sirjohnfranklin00bees (Read free online)


Portraits of members of the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition 1845-1848, at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge:





Captain Roald Amundsen


Roald Amundsen. My Life as an Explorer:


https://archive.org/details/roaldamundsenmyl00amun_0 (Read free online)


Stephen R. Brown. The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen:




Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway:




Explorers: Amundsen documentary BBC 1976:






Captain Robert F. Scott


Scott’s ship, the Discovery, and the Dundee Heritage Trust exhibition




90 Degrees South documentary:


Apsley Cherry-Garrard. The Worst Journey In The World (read free online):


VOLUME I: https://archive.org/details/worstjourneyinwo01cher


VOLUME II: https://archive.org/details/worstjourneyinwo02cher


Scott’s Last Expedition. Arranged by Leonard Huxley. (Read free online):

VOLUME I: https://archive.org/details/scottslastexpedi01

VOLUME II: https://archive.org/details/scottslastexpedi02

Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Captain Scott:




Herbert Ponting’s photographs of Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13, at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge:




Sir Douglas Mawson


David Roberts National Geographic Live talk:




David Roberts. Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration:




Sir Douglas Mawson. The Home of the Blizzard: Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. (Read free online)
VOLUME I: https://archive.org/details/homeofblizzardbe01mawsuoft
VOLUME II: https://archive.org/details/homeofblizzardbe02mawsuoft


Three film clips from Home of the Blizzard documentary showing Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1911-1914 expedition:



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