The story of Arctic exploration from the earliest times to the present is made highly entertaining in this unique history. The Greeks and the Vikings made the first recorded ventures, and Iceland and Greenland bear witness today. Exploration for the purpose of a northern passage, for the purpose of founding colonies, for commercial exploitation of whales, for the sheer joy of the unknown, for scientific research. A saga of the north that fits names haphazardly spotted in most of our memories into a glorious pattern. Good reading for anyone interested in exploration and adventures in far lands. Good material for high school libraries and public libraries.