On polar expeditions, pack extra snacks

Planning is so important when you travel. And planning is particularly important when you’re headed to cold reaches of Antarctica. Unfortunately, polar explorers aren’t known for crafting careful itineraries or thorough packing lists. The crew of the Belgica learned this lesson the hard way when they crashed into polar ice in 1897.

Lights Out

Spending the winter with your ship trapped in ice is less than ideal, especially when you’re living on a diet of canned food. But when the sun dipped below the horizon for a duration of 70 days, the crew of the Belgica collectively experienced a pretty severe case of seasonal depression. That was before scurvy, derangement, and death beset the crew. Did anyone survive? Find out in our latest release, now available in the Instaread app.

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