Welcome to the Arctic Club

The Arctic Club was founded in 1932 by Sir James Wordie, famous for his journeys to Antarctica (with Shackleton on the Endurance), Svalbard, East Greenland and Baffin Island. The members are Arctic enthusiasts with a wide range of interests, mainly from the UK, though with an increasing number from overseas. Members of the Club lead or participate on expeditions in the Arctic each year. We are always willing to offer advice and information about Arctic regions, particularly to young people planning expeditions.

New Members are always welcome to join us - see Membership (NB the 'Request Membership' link above gives access to the Members-only website). 

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Polar Medals 2017

The Polar Medal has been awarded to eight people 'for outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of polar research'. The awards related to the Arctic were to Myrtle SimpsonProfessor Peter NienowProfessor Paul Smith and Stephen King.

Congratulations to all, especially to Myrtle, a long-standing member of the Arctic Club, and the Scottish Arctic Club.

Sir David Hempleman-Adams

We are delighted to report that David Hempleman-Adams has been awarded the KCVO, Knight Commander of the Victorian Order in the 2017 New Year's Honours List. Many congratulations to Sir David who is a member of the Arctic Club.

Joseph Cook2016 Rolex Young Laureate  

Many congratulations to Joseph Cook for his prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise for the Ice Alive project on glaciers in Greenland. See the Report in The Daily Telegraph. Joe is a member of the Arctic Club committee.

Arctic Club Dinner

An Annual Dinner for members and guests is held each December, usually in Oxford or Cambridge or another University city in the UK. Many members are experts in their fields. The dinner is a good opportunity to meet and discuss plans or pick their brains in an informal atmosphere.

The 2017 Arctic Club Dinner will be held in London on Saturday 9th December 2017.

The 2016 Arctic Club Dinner was held in Cambridge on Saturday 10th December 2016 with Matthew Tinsley as President. There were illustrated presentations followed by mulled wine before the Dinner and further presentations with coffee in the Scott Polar Research Institute on Sunday morning.

The 2015 Arctic Club Dinner was held in Edinburgh on Saturday, 12th December, 2015  with Kathleen Cartwright as President.

Arctic Club Shop

A new range of Arctic Club Clothing is now available for Club members. 
An Arctic Club Bookshop sells books by members.

The Arctic Club Award - grants for expeditions in the Arctic

The Arctic Club promotes interesting, innovative and adventurous expeditions in the Arctic, particularly for young people. Each year we give an Arctic Club Award and financial support to one or more expeditions. Applications for an Award must be made through the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund.
The next closing date for applications is 31 January 2017.

Members of these expeditions are our guests at the next Arctic Club Dinner.

Arctic Club members, and others, are encouraged to donate to the Arctic Club Award Fund.
Please contact the Hon.Secretary if you would like to make a donation.

Reports from these expeditions are available.

Arctic Club Expeditions Noticeboard

An Expeditions Noticeboard enables members, and others, to exchange information and expertise about recent and forthcoming expeditions.

2016 Expeditions 

All the Arctic Expeditions we were following have now successfully returned home. Many congratulations!

You can still see, hear and read all about them, with Reports to follow.

2017 Expeditions 

Expeditions for 2017 are now in detailed planning, including the deferred Arctic Club Award Expedition to the Stauning Alps, Greenland.  

Polar Medals 2016


Membership of the Arctic Club is open to those who have played a significant role in expeditions in the Arctic, and have an enduring interest in that region.