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A Journey Across Time and Ice...

1923, four students from Oxford University made the first crossing of the Spitsbergen ice cap. Bad weather, failing equipment and heavy sleds made the 32-day crossing an unimaginably arduous endeavour.

93 years later, to the day, four students from the same university returned to the Arctic in their footsteps, to discover the secrets of their epic journey and see first hand the beauty of this pristine wilderness.

The film Spitsbergen Retraced tells the story of this unsupported journey across the ice as the team experiences arctic storms, stunning alpine ridges and historical treasures.

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Recreating History

In the footsteps of the first crossing of Spitsbergen

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Arctic Mountaineering

Rocky ridges and first ascents in a sublime Alpine landscape

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Scientific Research

Creating high-resolution 3D models of glaciers never seen before

Watch the Film

If you'd like to watch the film, please get in touch and we'll share the password with you.

Meet The Team

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James Lam

Expedition Leader

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Will Hartz

Expedition Medical Officer

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Jamie Gardiner

Expedition Historian and Filmmaker

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Liam Garrison

Expedition Photographer and Filmmaker

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Endre Før Gjermundsen

Local Polar Expert

Want to Learn More?

We'd love to hear from you whether it's feedback on our film or if you're planning a similar expedition yourselves.

Email: james@spitsbergenretraced.com

We've prepared an expedition report which outlines the details of the expedition in all its glory, including kit lists, route maps and more!

Download Expedition Report