Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Unsolved Mysteries of ...
Vilhjálmur Stefánsson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic

3.1  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Published June 1st 1977 by MacMillan
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Unsolved Mysteries of the Arctic

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-28)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
May 25, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it
I have long been fascinated by tragedy brought about by ignorance or stupidity - the Scott/Amundsen race to the South Pole being a prime example. Berton, author of Arctic Grail recommended a book by Vilhjalmur Stefansson that deals with several examples of Arctic foolishness, including Franklin's mysterious disappearance.
Many "riddles" evolve simply out of ignorance, if not outright fraud, (witness Charles Berlitz's Bermuda Triangle nonsense). Usually, a careful researcher can find solutions to
Al Maki
Mar 23, 2014 Al Maki rated it liked it
Stefansson spent much of his adult life in the Canadian Arctic at a time before it was motorized. He brings that experience and a pragmatic point of view to a set of problems that were unsolved at the time of writing and sheds light on them. One example might give an idea of his thinking. He mentions that Sir John Franklin and his crew starved to death in a portion of the Arctic that the Eskimo regarded as unusually rich in food. I didn't much like his writing style but his thinking was worth ...more
Chris K
Feb 21, 2012 Chris K rated it liked it
I really liked the first few stories in the book, but it started to peter out somewhat with the final story of the missing soviet flyers.

Stefannson was at times repetitive and overly exhaustive with details when making his cases.

However, there is a good deal to be learned about the costs of arctic exploration and light is shed on what likely happened to Franklin and others.

If you're interested in the Franklin expedition or arctic discovery you would enjoy this book.
Breeze Kidder
Breeze Kidder rated it liked it
Feb 03, 2013
Philip rated it it was ok
Apr 01, 2013
Hanna rated it really liked it
Nov 05, 2016
Romy rated it did not like it
Jul 28, 2009
Mark Waters
Mark Waters rated it it was amazing
Oct 24, 2015
Stefan Jonasson
Stefan Jonasson rated it really liked it
Nov 10, 2012
Michelle rated it it was ok
Oct 08, 2012
Nbar added it
Mar 14, 2009
Christy marked it as to-read
May 25, 2010
Littlevision marked it as to-read
May 04, 2012
Audrey marked it as to-read
Sep 03, 2012
Mandakini marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2012
Clayborn marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2013
Piety Grace
Piety Grace marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2014
Martin Hill
Martin Hill marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2014
Mike marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2015
Chiara Grondana
Chiara Grondana marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2015
Gabrielle marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2015
Kyla marked it as to-read
Dec 22, 2015
Kaethe marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2015
Snævar marked it as to-read
Jan 06, 2016
Niv1072 marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2016
Marin marked it as to-read
Sep 21, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Vilhjálmur Stefánsson was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist.
More about Vilhjálmur Stefánsson...

Share This Book