Welcome to the Arctic Club
*** See 2021 Annual Dinner Announcement below ***
*** Updated 23rd October 2021 - see Ice Worlds and other new items in "News" section ***
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.
New Members are always welcome to join us - see Membership (NB the 'Request Membership' link above gives access to the Members-only website).
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.
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.
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 ** 2021 Arctic Club Annual Dinner
Saturday 11th December 2021
New Club, Edinburgh
Members and guests are warmly invited to the Annual Dinner to be held on Saturday 11th December 2021. The dinner will be held at the New Club, Edinburgh. The New Club was founded in 1787 and has an impressive building on Princes Street at the very heart of the city. Further details about New Club can be found at https://www.newclub.co.uk/ The annual dinner was held at the Club in 2018 and Members were extremely complimentary about the dinner and the facilities.
The evening will begin at 17.00 with three illustrated presentations on expeditions. In the last few years it has become a tradition that these are from Arctic Club Award holders. In 2021 several awards were made, but sadly due to the Covid situation and restrictions on travel only one expedition was able to go: “In the Wake of Gino Watkins”. We hope to hear from them as well as other speakers. At 18.30 there will be a drinks reception in the Long Room, which has spectacular views of the city towards Holyrood Castle. At 19.00 dinner will be served in the Dining Room. After dinner it will be possible to have a drink in the Members’ Room. The cost of the dinner will be £75. The cost includes the drinks reception, a three-course meal, wine, port and coffee. The Club will again offer a limited number of subsidised meals to students and those under 28.
2020 Arctic Club Dinner - President Brendan O'Brien - Full details here
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.