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"One of the greatest survival stories of all time."

Fridtjof Nansen

Pioneer of Arctic Exploration
Father of Oceanography
Nobel Peace Prize Winner


The Father of Shackleton and Amundsen

An Adventure Story Like No Other.

A spellbinding biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the man who pioneered polar exploration and inspired the Golden Age of Exploration, with a spotlight on his harrowing three-year journey to the top of the world. A tale that touches on the importance of curiosity, perseverance, science, and the preservation of our environment.

On June 24, 1893...

Nansen and his small, twelve person crew set out to do the unthinkable.

With the recent exploration of Central Africa, the planet’s only last unknown regions were North and South Poles. Reaching either was a crazy person’s death wish. For hundreds of years, explorers had tried to uncover those mysterious lands and for hundreds of years they had failed. Many never returned home. When Nansen put forth his own plan, experts called it “an illogical scheme of self-destruction,” but the Norweigian couldn’t be swayed. 

Instead, he invented entirely new ways of exploring, methods and technologies that would keep him and all his men alive for three long years of seclusion in one of the harshest environments on the planet. A new ship that could withstand the incredible force of the Arctic ice. A new sled that was stronger and lighter. A new way of traveling those dangerous regions altogether. If he tried to go to the North Pole as other men had, he would die as they did. Instead, he did something daring beyond measure.

Nansen would lock his ship in that great mass of Arctic ice and float with the current all the way to the North Pole. Even if it took five years completely cut off from the rest of civilization.  Peter Lourie’s newest book tells the story of that incredible journey, of the explorers who left their family, friends, and safety behind to research unchartered depths and go further North than had ever been explored before. Locked In Ice tells of the discoveries they made, the hardships they endured, and the lessons they learned. 

Why This Book

The Adventure
of Solving Climate Change

The Arctic and the world is changing fast. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, the Earth is warming. The ice that Nansen once sledded across is not what it once was. It’s one thing to speak of climate change in numbers and forecasts, it’s another to see that transformation in pictures and in story. Numbers don’t raise awareness or change behavior, stories do. Stories like this one.

What's In The Book?

  • Hundreds of Period Photos and Drawings
  • The Expertly Researched Story of Nansen's Journey
  • Access to Bonus Resources for Parents and Teachers
  • Interviews with Contemporary Scientists and Explorers

Locked in Ice is a powerful story that brings the reader right next to Nansen and his crew as they fight to explore and to survive in the incredible harshness of the Arctic. It not only tells of the adventure of Arctic exploration and dogsledding but also of the science, the oceanography and marine biology and much much more.

Things You'll Learn:

How to Survive Fifteen Months on Polar Ice
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Hint: it takes a whole lot of butter.

How To Prepare for a Three Year Arctic Journey
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The ship, the people, the food, and more that made an impossible mission the stuff of legend.

How The Arctic Looked 130 Years Ago
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Dozens of photographs and descriptions detailing the beauty of what that mythical region looked like over century ago.

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The spellbinding biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the pioneer of Polar exploration, with a spotlight on his harrowing three-year journey to the top of the world. Before Shackleton, there was Nansen. 

“The difficult is what takes a little time.
The impossible is what takes a little longer.”

—Fridtjof Nasen

Peter Lourie. Adventure Writer.

Writer, Explorer, and Teacher, Peter Lourie makes his living by going on wild expeditions, writing their stories, and then inspiring people to venture out into the world and write their own.

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