Arctic News and Events

This page will feature occasional news and events of interest to Arctic Club members.

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The Frozen Frontier

Arthur Beale are holding a talk on 27th April 19:00 by Jane Maufe and David Scott Cowper titled The Frozen Frontier about navigating the most northerly route of the North West Passage. See the link for details. The book will be available on the night and from the website.

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 Simpson, Professor Peter Nienow, Professor 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 Cook, 2016 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.

ICEMAN POLAR Challenge 2017

11th – 20th April 2017
More information and to register interest:
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Whether competing for the fastest time, or taking part for pure enjoyment of this unique and exciting ski race, the Iceman Polar challenge is a guaranteed unforgettable adventure – the only one of its kind in the world.
The 2016 landmark Iceman Polar race tested competitors’ resilience and stamina as they faced -20°C temperatures and camped in snow storms amid the pristine and remote white landscapes of the High Arctic, Hurry Fjord and Liverpool Land Mountains.
Race participants demonstrated enthusiasm and great spirits over the five-day event, skiing over sea ice studded with icebergs, through alpine-esque mountain valleys and across glaciers under brilliant blue skies.
Bordered by the world’s largest frozen fjord and biggest National Park, the setting for the Iceman Polar challenge is a dramatically beautiful polar landscape that photographs can only hint at. See the Video.

Enter as a team of 3 or 4, or sign up as a pair or individual

Arctic Club Dinner 2016

10 December 2016        The Queens' College, Cambridge.

 Polar Medals 2016

Previous Events online

Broadcast: Poetry from Greenland

Stephen Pax Leonard talks about his poetry book Arctic Journal, written during the 'dark period' in north-west Greenland on

Broadcast on Radio 3 (The Verb) on Friday 11 December.

Conference: Responding to a changing Arctic 

The House of Lords Arctic Select Committee Report

Organised by The Foundation for Science and Technology.
Download presentations and reports from the meeting held on 4th November, 2015 at The Royal Society.

(Mike Lea "Vega Sund")