1923, four students from Oxford University made the first crossing of the Spitsbergen ice cap. Bad weather, failing equipment and heavy sleds made the 32-day crossing an unimaginably arduous endeavour.

93 years later, to the day, four students from the same university returned to the Arctic in their footsteps, to discover the secrets of their epic journey and see first hand the beauty of this pristine wilderness.

The film Spitsbergen Retraced tells the story of this unsupported journey across the ice as the team experiences arctic storms, stunning alpine ridges and historical treasures.


James Lam

Expedition Leader

Will Hartz

Expedition Medical Officer

Jamie Gardiner

Expedition Historian and Filmmaker

Liam Garrison

Expedition Photographer and Filmmaker

Endre Før Gjermundsen
Local Polar Expert


Recreating History

In the footsteps of the first crossing of Spitsbergen

Scientific Research

Creating high-resolution 3D models of glaciers never seen before

Arctic Mountaineering

Rocky ridges and first ascents in a sublime Alpine landscape

For more information, download our Expedition Report