Explore hidden routes, decipher geographical details and discover amazing facts as you work through over a century’s worth of geographical wonder – from Shackleton to Livingstone, Charles Darwin to Ellen MacArthur, Felicity Aston to Levinson Wood.
Comprising 50 explorer profiles and expeditions retold through a set of increasingly difficult questions, The RGS Puzzle Book will challenge readers to pit their wits against some of the world’s most legendary explorers and answer questions on the complex nature of exploring and understanding our world. From Shackleton’s three Antarctic expeditions to Ellen MacArthur’s Vendée Globe solo race – test your geographical skills against some of the most experienced cartographers, geographers and explorers of all time.
In the following extracts, we look at a couple of Norway’s favourite sons. Try your hand at the following, brain-teasing extracts to see if you have what it takes to match wits with the two of the country’s biggest names.
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Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930) was a Norwegian explorer and champion skier renowned for his contributions to polar exploration. In 1888, he became the first person to traverse Greenland on skis, earning him a gold medal from the Society. Between 1893 and 1896, Nansen attempted to reach the geographic North Pole during the Fram expedition, falling short but travelling farther north than anyone in recorded history. Among his other achievements, the data he gathered during the Fram expedition provided new assessments of the geography and geology of the Arctic Circle.
Nansen employed revolutionary techniques during the Fram expedition, using a specially designed ship with a rounded hull to withstand the pack ice and drift along with the current. In contrast to previous explorers, Nansen called on Inuit and Sami expertise, using Sami sledges, Inuit shoes and learning the Inuit language.
|1806||William Scoresby Sr|
|1827||Sir William Edward Parry|
|1875||Sir Albert Hastings Markham|
Roald Amundsen (1872–1928) was a Norwegian polar explorer who became the first person to reach the South Pole on 14 December 1911. He was also the first explorer to navigate the Northwest Passage – the seaway across the Arctic that links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – by ship, on a voyage that lasted from 1903 to 1906.
Amundsen went missing, presumed dead, on 18 June 1928 aboard a seaplane while undertaking a rescue mission to find the survivors of the Italia airship, which had crashed in the Arctic. In all 17 crew and rescuers perished.
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