Journeys into these unfamiliar regions have changed remarkably little from the time of Pytheas's voyage to Thule, in the 4th-century BC, to that of John Ross, who was the first person to travel by steamship in an attempt to sail through the Northwest Passage in 1829-33. Ross and Nansen were just as exposed to the elements as Ottar and Pytheas. The wind and storms are even now reason why journeys to the North are still so attractive.


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The Northern Lights Route is part of The Council of Europe Cultural Routes. The Cultural Routes are an invitation to Europeans to wander the paths and explore the places where the unity and diversity of our European identity were forged.