The First Crossing of Greenland

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Cambridge University Press, May 12, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 564 pages
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First published in English in 1890, this book by Norwegian explorer and scientist Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) recounts the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, an expedition that took two months. Learning from previous failed attempts, Nansen suggested crossing from the uninhabited east to the inhabited west of Greenland, an innovation that proved successful. Nansen's account was translated by Hubert Majendie Gepp and includes an introduction written by the secretary of the Royal Geographical Society. Volume 1 describes the initial stages of the journey, including detailed accounts of the equipment, the methods used for crossing the ice and the arrival of the party on the east coast of Greenland. The volume ends with a description of previous attempts to cross the 'inland ice'. Nansen, who later served as delegate to the League of Nations, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his humanitarian endeavours.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION 11 THE EQUIPMENT
28
Ill SKI AND SKILOBNING
73
THE VOYAGE TO ICELAND
115
CRUISING IN THE ICE
143
THE BLADDERNOSE SEAL AND ITS CAPTURE
168
LIFE ON THE JASON
190
ATTEMPT TO LANDDRIFTING IN THE ICE
210
STILL DRHTING
242
THE ICEBELT OF THE EAST COAST OF GREENLAND AND SOME ACCOUNT OF PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO PENETRATE IT
274
THE EAST COAST OF GREENLAND
309
THE EAST COASTAN ESKIMO ENCAMPMENT
333
THE EAST COASTANOTHER STAGE NORTHWARDS
372
THE EAST COASTFURTHER DEALINGS WITH THE ESKIMO
399
OUR LAST ENCAMPMENT ON THE EAST COAST
427
PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS AT EXPLORATION OF THE IN LAND ICE
450
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