Key Insights From:
Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Audio Available | 11 Minute Read
Published: Jan 12, 2021
- Barents would likely have died a capable but obscure navigator if he hadn’t led the voyages into the deep north.
- For millennia, philosophers and explorers believed there were open seas and a mild climate north of the Arctic.
- One the first voyage, they encountered polar bears and walruses, but not a route to China.
- The second voyage was largely considered a failure, but Barents remained undeterred.
- The third voyage of William Barents ended with a shipwreck on the northside of Nova Zembla.
- In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the castaways survived an Arctic winter and found their way home in rowboats.
- William Barents never left the Arctic, but his story has spread throughout the world.