Across the Arctic Ocean
These photographs are from the new book “Across the Arctic Ocean” which features original photographs from
Wally Herbert’s arctic adventure in 1968:
Wally Herbert and his team of three companions and forty huskies set out from Point Barrow, Alaska, embarking on a journey that no one had ever attempted. Sixteen hard months later they finally set foot once more on solid land, having attained the North Pole and crossed the frozen Arctic Ocean for the first time via its longest axis. It stands today as one of the greatest expeditions of all time.
In 1968, Herbert embarked on his Arctic expedition. It would be 16 months before they set foot on land again. He wrote:
‘During the winter we were cocooned in our hut, drifting through darkness. We built bunks out of packing cases and I fashioned a table for plotting charts. I kept all the radios near to hand, as I had to send back regular reports of our progress to my London Committee, and updates for the Sunday Times, all written in code and tapped out in Morse.’