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Talk & Lunch
Thursday 14 December, 12 noon
81 North – the Arctic
Talk by Ade Fox
Ade Fox recounts how he and his wife Josette sailed on a small ship classed as an ice-pusher, starting from Longyearbyen on Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago which lies about 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The ship travelled through frozen fjords and desert islands north of Svalbard and entered the Polar Ice Cap some 500 nautical miles from the North Pole.

This was a truly magical frozen world with jewel-like ice. There were some encounters with polar bears, walruses and a sleeping blue whale, as well as a little walk on the Polar Ice Cap.

The south west of Svalbard also hosted derelict mines, tame reindeer and a surprising number of wild flowers. This was also the site where Amundsen left to make the first verified trans-polar crossing by airship. 

Andrew Callender
House Committee
Past speakers include:
Alasdair Acass, Sir Ben Ainslie, David Barrie, John Bartlett, Sir Chay Blyth, Mike Brooks, Jock Clear, Clare Foster, Ade Fox, David Henshall, Geoff Holt MBE, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sam Langmead, Jess Lavery, Capt Iain Lower, RN, Caroline McKeever, John Nelson, Gilbert Park, Nigel Peake, Martin Preston, Gen Lord David Richards, Trevor Sapey, Cdr Colin Williams, OBE

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