Towards the North Pole

Reading excerpts from Fridtjof Nansenʼs diaries, written during his 1893–1896 polar expedition on the Fram ship, in the authentic settings of (A)void Floating Gallery. We set sail on 6 February 2018 at 7:30 PM.

In 1893, the Norwegian explorer of the Arctic, Fridtjof Nansen, set off on one of the most well-known expeditions of all time. On board the legendary Fram, which could resist the pressure of ice blocks and spend the winter on frozen sea, he sailed towards the North Pole. When he realised that, after two years of drifting, the ship was going to miss the Pole, he headed to the northernmost point of the Earth on foot, accompanied by Lieutenant Johansen and dragging a sled. Even though he did not reach the Pole eventually, he moved – by nearly 3 degrees northwards – the until-then northernmost point reached by man, and his courage and an original plan left an indelible mark in the history of world expeditions. Nansen described his three-year-long journey in voluminous diaries, which are as captivating and poetic as the Nordic landscape, covered with permanent snow.

A reading from the diaries by Martin Severýn and Michal Švec will be accompanied by a screening of period photographs.

The event is in Czech language without interpretation.

Admission free