I write in response to Science in the Polar Night in Issue 323.

I recently read A Woman in the Polar Night, a moving memoir of a year spent in Svalbard written by Christiane Ritter and first published in 1938. Ritter’s experiences took place over 80 years before the Hearts in the Ice expedition and it was interesting to see how the extract from Hilde Falun Strom and Sunniva Sorby’s blog in June 2020 echoed in part the atmosphere and thoughts contained in the memoir, particularly with regard to their “deepest and darkest fears” and what you learn about yourself by being ...


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