Welcome to the Arctic Club


** NEW **  18th Sep 2023 - Arctic Club Dinner 2023 - Saturday 9th December 2023 - Forest School, Walthamstow, London, E17 3PY (further details will be published shortly but in the meantime please see email from Hon Sec for forms and details)



9th May 2023 - Michael Lea

21st Feb 2023 - New Third Party page for opportunities with non-Members

24th Dec 2022 - Arctic Club Dinner 2022 - Pictures - See News and Events / Dinner 2022

14th Sep 2022 - Arctic Club Awards 2022

16th Aug 2022 - Derek Fordham - 9th Aug 1939 - 6th Aug 2022

Jan 2022 - East Greenland Search and Rescue Insurance question

Jan 2022 - Details of the 2022 Zoom Talks and replays 

Nov 2021 - New Books by members - Arctic Club Shop / Bookshop

Nov 2021 - Podcasts - Click on News and Events

The Arctic Club was founded in 1932 by Sir James Wordie, famous for his journeys to Antarctica (with Shackleton on the Endurance), Svalbard, East Greenland and Baffin Island. The members are Arctic enthusiasts with a wide range of interests, mainly from the UK, though with many from overseas. Members of the Club lead or participate on expeditions in the Arctic each year.

We are always willing to offer advice and information about Arctic regions, particularly to young people planning expeditions. Please contact honsec@arcticclub.org.uk or web@arcticclub.org.uk.

New Members are always welcome to join us - see Membership (NB the 'Request Membership' link above gives access to the Members-only website).  

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The Arctic Club Award - Expeditions in the Arctic 

See the Awards for 2019

The Arctic Club promotes interesting, innovative and adventurous expeditions in the Arctic, particularly for young people. Each year we give Arctic Club Awards and financial support to one or more expeditions. Applications for an Award must be made through the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund.
The closing date for applications is 31 January each year. 

Members of these expeditions are our guests at the next Arctic Club Dinner.

Download an Arctic Club Award Map showing the Award Expeditions since 2001.  This pdf map is hyperlinked - click on each Expedition to read the Report and to see the location.

Arctic Club members, and others, are encouraged to donate to the Arctic Club Award Fund.
Please contact the Hon.Secretary if you would like to make a donation.

Read the Reports from the Gino Watkins Memorial Fund and other Expeditions.

In 2020 The Gino Watkins Committee made three Arctic Club Awards. Sadly the Coronavirus pandemic meant that the expeditions were unable to proceed. 

See Arctic Events

Arctic Club Dinner

An Annual Dinner for members and guests is held each December, often in Oxford or Cambridge or another University city. Many members are experts in their fields. The dinner is a good opportunity to meet and plan in an informal atmosphere.

2022 Arctic Club Annual Dinner

Saturday 10th December 2022

St. John's College Cambridge

Below are details of timings and locations we are using.

We have an interesting set of topics for Sunday.  Olly Sanders, our President for 2023 will talk about his recent trip, the opportunities he has been able to take up with the help of the Arctic Club Award.  He has been busy since becoming President Elect and has already found a suitable location with stunning landscapes and has begun the process of getting a new look website set up.

Bob Headland has kindly said that he would talk about the North West Passage (we enjoyed his Franz Josef Land talk), a talk about the work of the Arctic Research Group by Ian Frearson and then a short session on travel to Greenland for expeditions from John Thorogood and Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen

Could you let me know if you are intending to come on Sunday so I can order the right numbers of coffee?



For those needing Car Parking.  Car Parking is not easy in Cambridge.  The most reliable and closest to St John's is probably the Grand Arcade, its a 10 minute walk I guess from the College, but there is also a car park on Castle Hill, which seems to close at midnight.  Many people use the park and ride car parks which are free.  You can take a bus in and then take a taxi back after the Dinner.

The Old Divinity School

The Old Divinity School is opposite the medieval entrance to St John's College in St John's Street.  The Divinity School is a red bricked gothic style building with statutes of Saints. Please see attached maps. 

16.00    Informal conversation, collect clothing orders or even purchase items!

16.30   AGM

17.00 TALKS

17.00  Jakub Domanski                         Cambridge University Narsarsuaq Expeditiona

17.15  Emily Madoff                              South Greenland Illaussaq Intrusion

17.30  James van der Hoorn                 Zero Impact Adventures

17.45  Peter Owens                              Irish 2022 Scoresbysund Expedition

18.00 - 18.05  Olly Sanders                NW Greenland Kayak and Climb


18.00 Walk to St John's College

Drinks have to be collected and paid for at the College Bar which is located in the Temporary structure just opposite the Hall

18.30  Reception

19.00  Dinner

Then retire to the College Bar if you wish.



Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER

Street parking is available in the side streets nearby (eg St Paul's Road).

09.30- 10.00  Tea and coffee

10.00- 11.30  Talks in Theatre - talks 10.00 - 11.30

11.30- 12.00  Entry to museum and shop  

Finally, who could say that The Arctic Club doesn't satisfy your shopping needs? 

Hats and ties.  The Polar Museum Shop: cards, books and seasonal gifts.  Plus we have a number of members who are authors.


2021 Arctic Club Annual Dinner

Saturday 11th December 2021

New Club, Edinburgh

Members and guests are warmly invited to the Annual Dinner to be held on Saturday 11th December 2021.  The dinner will be held at the New Club, Edinburgh.  The New Club was founded in 1787 and has an impressive building on Princes Street at the very heart of the city.  Further details about New Club can be found at https://www.newclub.co.uk/  The annual dinner was held at the Club in 2018 and Members were extremely complimentary about the dinner and the facilities.

The evening will begin at 17.00 with three illustrated presentations on expeditions.  In the last few years it has become a tradition that these are from Arctic Club Award holders.  In 2021 several awards were made, but sadly due to the Covid situation and restrictions on travel only one expedition was able to go: “In the Wake of Gino Watkins”.  We hope to hear from them as well as other speakers.  At 18.30 there will be a drinks reception in the Long Room, which has spectacular views of the city towards Holyrood Castle.   At 19.00 dinner will be served in the Dining Room.  After dinner it will be possible to have a drink in the Members’ Room.  The cost of the dinner will be £75.  The cost includes the drinks reception, a three-course meal, wine, port and coffee.  The Club will again offer a limited number of subsidised meals to students and those under 28.


2020 Arctic Club Dinner - President Brendan O'Brien - Full details here

2019 Arctic Club Dinner2018 Arctic Club Dinner, 2017 Arctic Club Dinner, 2016 Arctic Club Dinner2015 Arctic Club Dinner.

Arctic Club Shop

A range of Arctic Club Clothing is available for Club members. 
The Arctic Club Bookshop sells books written by members.


Membership of the Arctic Club is open to those who have played a significant role in expeditions in the Arctic, and have an enduring interest in that region. Aspirant and Associate Memberships are also available.