ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE WORLD WE KNOW

ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE WORLD WE KNOW

Even though our planet still has many places to discover, we must thank some individuals who have never stopped seeking new truths if we are aware of the world as it appears today; men who set out on arduous and lengthy expeditions, hoping to find and confront what was still unknown to us. From the discovery of America to the first step on Mount Everest, all these places remained unexplored to most for centuries, until someone had the courage to go beyond. 

 

THE ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

There are many names of courageous adventurers who tirelessly attempted to expand the boundaries of our world, and certainly one of the most challenging environments to explore has been the Arctic. The harsh climatic conditions have tested all those who have tried and are trying to discover this place at the edges of the hemisphere, so much so that many journeys, unfortunately, ended prematurely.

The first time the coast of the Svalbard Islands was sighted was in 1596 by the Dutchman Willem Barents. From there, several adventurers pushed further north via land; but the first time the North Pole was flown over was in 1926 with the airship Norge, and it was the Italian Umberto Nobile who led the expedition, along with Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth.

These three great explorers and their audacity have been a source of inspiration for our brand: 

 

Nobile N1 jacket                Ellsworth parka                  Amundsen bomber

   

 

NEW MEANS OF EXPLORATION

If initially wooden sleds pulled by dogs and old ships allowed only a few to explore what is the North Pole, now new technologies and advancements have made expeditions accessible to more people. The means are more comfortable and secure, and the timing has been significantly reduced.

As we are already aware, global warming is melting the ice, and temperatures are rising. One of the latest scientific expeditions aimed at monitoring the environment in Svalbard was the #Polarquest 2018, in which we also participated at Svalbard Islands, providing scientists with our technical jackets.

We must never stop trying to push our limits, and there is still much to discover out there!

 

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