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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,588 ratings  ·  283 reviews
Jest 11 lipca 1897 roku. Trzej członkowie wyprawy polarnej ze Sztokholmu: Salomon August Andrée, Knut Frænkel i najmłodszy – dwudziestoczteroletni, Nils Strindberg, odlatują wypełnionym wodorem balonem o nazwie „Orzeł” w stronę bieguna północnego. Trzydzieści trzy lata później zupełnym przypadkiem inna wyprawa natrafia na resztki ich ostatniego obozowiska na lodowcowej wys ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 24th 2017 by Marginesy (first published 2013)
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Three men. One hydrogen balloon. A journey to the North Pole. Something goes very wrong. Thirty years later they are found dead. It turns out they crashed on the ice in the middle of nowhere, only three days into their adventure. The year was 1897 and Salomon August Andrée, Knut Fraenkel and Nils Strindberg had to drag their two hundred kilos heavy sledges across the ice, trying to avoid the holes of open water, only to discover that the ice drifted in the opposite direction. After a while they ...more
As the sub-title indicates, this is a book about Bea Uusmas passion for André expedition.

For 313 pages, and for 15 years she longed to go to White Island and to solve the mystery of the three polar explorers death. It is exciting and gripping, I can not drop the book even though I "should" read other books first.

I would just browse a bit and then I got stuck in the ice too. Here is so much of everything! The adventure, the joy and pride of doing something ' important '. T
Berit Lundqvist
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“White Island is glowing. In dark solitude of the Arctic Ocean, though no one can see it. Right now, as I type this in Stockholm, White Island is glowing.”

Three men set off from an arctic island near Spitsbergen in an ill-equipped, leaking hydrogen balloon in the summer of 1897. Their quest is to reach the North Pole. They don’t. Instead they crash on the ice sheet, drift in the wrong direction, and eventually end up in the desolated White Island in October the same year. Thirty-thre
I read this in one sitting, it just hooked me in straight away.

I knew nothing of this Swedish expedition before reading this book, so every part of the puzzle was fascinating, I liked the odd nods to Nansen, because how can you not mention him when talking about Polar expeditions?!

This was an extremely quick, but informative read. It was never too dry or heavy, but also never swayed too far into opinions and hearsay

If you enjoy polar expeditions, mysteries, or 1890's history then d
Nina del Arce
I attended a talk by the author of this book and instantly thought I needed to buy it. I was right. Bea Uusma is delightfully passionate about the Andrée expedition; a failed polar venture of the 19th century. And believe me, she will drag you into it too. You should let her. It's fascinating.

Immediately after finishing this (all in one day, as it was nigh impossible to pull away from) I handed it off to the next person I laid eyes on just so I would have someone to talk to about it. It’s that good
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rated four stars at first. Thought about it for a day or two. New rating: five stars. Just read it, will you?
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the summer of 1897, three Swedish scientists (with no previous experience in Arctic conditions or ballooning) set out to fly over the North Pole in a hot air balloon. They would never return. When their remains were found 30 years later on a remote island surrounded by ice, multiple theories abounded as to what happened to them and how they got there. Artist and author Bea Uusma became interested in their story after coming across their story in a book and for the next 15 years dedicated a l ...more
I read this in one sitting (in one lying?) one night. It's an utterly captivating book about the doomed Andrée polar expedition of 1897 and Bea Uusma's obsessive need to find out exactly what happened to the three men on Kvitøya where they perished despite having plenty of food, clothing, and ammunition.

It is hard to believe how ill-prepared Andrée, Frænkel, and Strindberg were for the journey they were about to undertake. They had not tested the balloon, and even though they had ple
Madeleine Gadd
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy-to-read page turner that you'll find hard to put down. If you're a fast reader you can easily read it in a day. It's a fascinating story, the kind that makes you want to go on Google and continue reading about it once you're done with the book.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to say what the genre of this book is: adventure? Detective story? Investigative journalism? History book? In any case, it's a fast read and got me interested in a 120-year-old mystery on a deeper level than I would have thought.

Bea Uusma tells the story of a failed polar expedition, where up to this day, it's been a mystery why exactly the members of the expedition perished after three months of staying alive in hostile conditions. She goes into the nitty gritty details an
Catharina Hart
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catharina by: Sara Norberg
Had it not been recommended to me, I might not have ever read it. I mean: a book about a polar expedition ... I would have thought that it wouldn't be interesting at all. I'm happy that I did read it though.

Bea Uusma has the ability of profoundly sharing the story of these swedish men. She describes how their story got under her skin and she lets it get under the reader's skin as well. How? By vivid language, by vivid descriptions, sharing her own learning about the case.

Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the end of the 19th century, countless explorers had tried to reach the North Pole and failed. Ships got stuck in the ice, expeditions on skis or dogsleds were forced to turn around by the harsh and unforgiving arctic conditions. Then, in 1896, three Swedes had the brilliant idea to just fly a hydrogen balloon over the northernmost point of the World and drop a buoy there as if to say, “we were here first”, without actually landing. Then, they would let the wind take them to a safer place whe ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a special love for stories set in the freezing cold, like polar stations or Icelandic police investigations. This book, The Expedition: Solving the Mystery of a Polar Tragedy, by Bea Uusma, is about a polar mystery, but also about a love for a story set in the freezing cold, a love much greater than mine.

What killed them? That is the central question, which Uusma answers better than anyone, and with a good measure of humility for the unknown.

This is a book of facts
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this, I was sitting in a living room with my family and all this noise around me, and I spotted this book that someone had received as a gift. I picked it up out of curiosity. Four hours later, I was speechless, after have read it cover to cover. It had such a huge impact on me - Beas personal story that she shared with the world, much, much more to it than just her expeditions and explorations of the hidden stories in the arctic world. I read it at least once a year and still ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the format of this book - combining letters, journal entries, charts, and reports - it made me feel like I was the one investigating the case instead of the author. The reason this book gets three stars is because of the lack of conclusion at the end of this collection of evidence. It just leaves you hanging, wondering if there's a better book out there that might at least posit a solution. I would have loved the author to wrap-up the experience in a meaningful way and provide ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytel, as-audio
Very much enjoyed listening to this! Made some ridiculous faces on the bus & tram during particularly spectacular or disgusting sequences. The narration was very good. The book was the perfect length, too. There's a website to view illustrations and stuff ( but I haven't viewed it (mostly because I spent nearly the whole book getting to and from Ikea) and I don't feel like I got less out of the story because of it.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"All in this book is true. All happened. Except what is described on pades 275 and 276." One can fall in love in this lines from the cover. The book is truly amazing! The polar expedition story is rather simple, what's fascinating is determination of Bea Uusma to find the truth. Obsession is the only word that fits here. She spent years on detiled analisis and reading, even graduated medical studies to have broader knowledge. And the form of this book - it is the real masterpiece!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! An easy and very interesting read. The authors detective work and her dedication is impressive.
The story about Andrées Arctic balloon expedition was fascinating.
I'm perhaps missing an epilogue on how the author feels after all her work and research about the expedition. Is her love story finished, or will she continue looking for answers?
A great scientific read about an unsuccessful expedition that took place 1897, and the mystery around the death of those three men.
More than hundred years later, the author Bea Uusma makes her own expedition to find what really happened to those three men. It's a fascinating story and I was amazed by the author's determination to find the truth.
Irene Adler
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an English translation and adored this book. Then I recommended it to everyone I knew. It's wonderful. I even went so far as to find the little museum in Sweden where the expedition's equipment is now stored because I so loved this book.
michael how
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional research and dedication to this book from Bea. An absolute page turner. Picture combining CSI and a 19th century expedition. Wonderful stuff. Blunt at times in its analytical approach; however it sets out to tell a story we all often want answered - "what happened here? ". It will teleport you on a journey to the artic and afford you a deeper look at humanity in its most desperate hour.
Wow. My friend wanted me to read this book for some years. and I finally did. WOW!
Bea Uusma is such a facinating woman!
Reading about the expedition from her as she is so deeply invested in it was amazing and I was blown away!
Lindi Pateson
An interesting and quick read, but the same ideas and facts are rehashed several times and the book ends abruptly, with no clear conclusion....
Gheorghe Paslariu
Sort but sweet. Written with a lot of passion. A real page turner.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-polish, 2019
I expected more from this book. Still don't know the answear how they died. I'm a little bit disappointed.
Tiina Kujala
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book. Couldn't put it down.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it. Read it two times, and I'm so fascinated by the explorers. And also the writer who has dedicated so much time to find the facts.
Bjarne Sihlbom
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Natan Williams
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just amazing!
Kevin Buckley
Thanks Alex! A nice quick read about an obsessed woman trying to discover the exact cause of death of three men on a failed polar expedition.
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Mari Beatrice "Bea" Uusma, previously Uusma Schyffert, is a Swedish author, illustrator and medical doctor.

See also Bea Uusma Schyffert.
“Vitön lyser. Mitt ute i ishavet, trots att ingen ser det. Nu, när jag sitter i Stockholm och skriver det här, så lyser det om Vitön.

Det är ingen som ser det. Men den lyser.”
“Nature devours us. Icy winds and rain and salt and snow erode us, decompose us, reduce us to molecules, carbon compounds; the covalent bonds between the carbon and hydrogen atoms break. Our atoms mingle with the brown grains of sand on the only small strip of beach on White Island.” 0 likes
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