Welcome to the Arctic Club

The Arctic Club was founded in 1932 by Sir James Wordie, famous for his journeys to Antarctica (with Shackleton on the Endurance), Svalbard, East Greenland and Baffin Island. The members are Arctic enthusiasts with a wide range of interests, mainly from the UK, though with an increasing number from overseas. Members of the Club lead or participate on expeditions in the Arctic each year. We are always willing to offer advice and information about Arctic regions, particularly to young people planning expeditions.

New Members are always welcome to join us - see Membership (NB the 'Request Membership' link above gives access to the Members-only website). 

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2016 Expeditions 

All the Arctic Expeditions we were following have now successfully returned home. Many congratulations!

You can still see, hear and read all about them, with Reports to follow.

2017 Expeditions 

Expeditions for 2017 are now in detailed planning, including the deferred Arctic Club Award Expedition to the Stauning Alps, Greenland.  

Award of Polar Medals

The London Gazette on 8 January 2016 announced the award of the Polar Medal 2016 to seven people 'for outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of polar research'. The awards related to the Arctic were to Derek Fordham, Dr. Kim Crosbie and Professor Bryn Hubbard.

Congratulations to all. The Arctic Club is especially pleased for Derek Fordham who was our Honorary Secretary for many years. Well done, Derek! 

The Arctic Club Award - grants for expeditions in the Arctic

The Arctic Club promotes interesting, innovative and adventurous expeditions in the Arctic, particularly for young people. Each year we give an Arctic Club Award and financial support to one or more expeditions. Applications for an Award must be made through the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund.

Members of these expeditions are our guests at the next Arctic Club Dinner.

Arctic Club members, and others, are encouraged to donate to the Arctic Club Award Fund.
Please contact the Hon.Secretary if you would like to make a donation.

Reports from these expeditions are available.

Arctic Club Expeditions Noticeboard

An Expeditions Noticeboard enables members, and others, to exchange information and expertise about recent and forthcoming expeditions.

Arctic Club Dinner

An Annual Dinner for members and guests is held each December, usually in Oxford or Cambridge or another University city in the UK. The 2015 Arctic Club Dinner was held on Saturday, 12th December, 2015 at The Royal Scots Club,  Abercromby Place, Edinburgh with Kathleen Cartwright as President.

The 2016 Arctic Club Dinner will be held in Queens' College Cambridge on Saturday 10th December 2016 with Matthew Tinsley as President.

Many members are experts in their fields. The dinner is a good opportunity to meet and discuss plans or pick their brains in an informal atmosphere.


Membership of the Arctic Club is open to those who have played a significant role in expeditions in the Arctic, and have an enduring interest in that region.