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 many 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. Please contact honsec@arcticclub.org.uk or web@arcticclub.org.uk.

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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The Arctic Club Award - Expeditions in the Arctic 

See the Awards for 2019

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

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

Download an Arctic Club Award Map showing the Award Expeditions since 2001.  This pdf map is hyperlinked - click on each Expedition to read the Report and to see the location.

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.

Read the Reports from the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund and other Expeditions.

** New ** In 2020 The Gino Watkins Committee made three Arctic Club Awards. Sadly the Coronavirus pandemic meant that the expeditions were unable to proceed. 

See Arctic Events

Arctic Club Dinner

An Annual Dinner for members and guests is held each December, often in Oxford or Cambridge or another University city. Many members are experts in their fields. The dinner is a good opportunity to meet and plan in an informal atmosphere.

** Updated ** 2020 Arctic Club Dinner - President Brendan O'Brien - Full details here

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Arctic Club Shop

A range of Arctic Club Clothing is available for Club members. 
The Arctic Club Bookshop sells books written by members.


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. Aspirant and Associate Memberships are also available.