“it is not to seek for the exact mathematical point that forms the northern extremity of the earth’s axis that we set out, for to reach this point is intrinsically of small moment. Our object is to investigate the great unknown region that surrounds the Pole” Fridtjof Nansen, Farthest North, Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship ‘Fram’ 1893-1896 Vol. I