On Seekers

Members of Salomon Andrée Expedition with Balloon Remains

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.

André Gide
The Counterfeiters (1925)

Photo: Swedish scientist Salomon Andrée crashed in his balloon only two days after his July 1897 departure to chart the North Pole. In 1930, film documenting the trip was found with the explorers’ bodies on Kvit Island.