Four Against the Arctic

Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World

Paperback, 320 pages

English language

Published Aug. 30, 2005 by Simon & Schuster.

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What a story!

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I visited Svalbard (Spitsbergen) this year. While we were standing next to our snow mobiles in the middle of nowhere, trying to spot some polar bears the guide mentioned that back in 1749 four russian sailors were stranded on a nearby island with only a knife, an axe, some flour and a rifle with a handful of bullets. Their ship was destroyed and all their crew mates gone. Somehow they managed to build basic weapons, fixed an old hut and overwintered (the whole of the polar night!). They had to keep the fire going all the time because they had no tinder to light a new one. Constantly they were in danger of being attacked by polar bears. 6 years (!)! an 3 months later another ship passed by and finally they were rescued. I immediately started searching for more information on this story and found this book. The author …


  • Shipwrecks
  • 18th And 19th Century Description And Travel
  • History
  • History - General History
  • History: World
  • Polar Regions
  • History / General
  • General