Arctic Regions

Arved Fuchs and his sail boat "Dagmar Aaen" have done and continue to make unique expeditions.
Unfortunately one can't 'book' on these, one must be invited!

Arved Fuchs is the first person to have reached both the North and the South Pole on foot in one year. On the 13th of May, 1898, the ICEWALK Expedition reached the geographical North Pole after 56 days and a distance of about 1.000 kilometers. In the same year on December 30th, he reached the South Pole on skis. At the same time he managed to completely cross the Antarctic continent with the alpinist Reinhold Messner in 92 days. This distance is equivalent to 2.500 kilometers as the crow flies. These two expeditions marked the end of the era of conventional navigation with sextants. The positioning measures undertaken by Arved Fuchs were mostly done through astronomical means of location fixing, due to the fact that GPS satellite systems were not as yet completely installed. In addition these expeditions were mostly cut off from the rest of the world because satellite telephones had not as yet been developed.
With his sailboat the "Dagmar Aaen", Arved Fuchs did a complete rounding the North Pole - meaning to say the first sail around the world on the Arctic route. Fuchs has sailed the Northwest Passage both in the east-west and at a later time the west-east directions. He has been to the Siberian Northeast Passage four times altogether and has sailed the complete length. In 1991, this was the first western expedition to receive permission - at the time from the Soviet Union - to visit the island group Franz-Josef-Land. During the expedition he got as far as 81 and found the original document, from 1873, on the discovery of this island group. This document is now in the Marine Museum in Bremerhaven. His expedition ship has wintered over in pack ice many times.
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