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This list is for recognised pioneering explorers of the polar regions. It does not include subsequent travelers and expeditions.

Polar explorers

  • Jameson Adams
  • Stian Aker
  • Valerian Albanov
  • Roald Amundsen
  • Salomon August Andrée
  • Piotr Fyodorovich Anjou
  • Henryk Arctowski
  • Josée Auclair
  • Mikhail Babushkin
  • Konstantin Badygin
  • Karl Baer
  • Georgiy Baidukov
  • Ann Bancroft
  • Willem Barents
  • Michael Barne
  • Robert Bartlett
  • Nikifor Begichev
  • Fabian von Bellingshausen
  • Robert M. Berry
  • Edward W. Bingham
  • Olav Bjaaland
  • Alfred Björling
  • Carsten Borchgrevink
  • Jon Bowermaster
  • Henry Robertson Bowers
  • Louise Arner Boyd
  • Edward Bransfield
  • Philip Brocklehurst
  • William Speirs Bruce
  • Georgy Brusilov
  • Daniel Byles
  • Richard Evelyn Byrd
  • Todd Carmichael
  • Umberto Cagni
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Jean-Baptiste Charcot
  • Semion Chelyuskin
  • Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Vasili Chichagov
  • Valery Chkalov
  • George Comer
  • Sebastian Copeland
  • Frederick A. Cook
  • James Cook
  • Henry Cookson
  • Augustine Courtauld
  • Albert P. Crary
  • Tom Crean
  • Lars Christensen
  • Andrew Croft
  • Francis Crozier
  • Edgeworth David
  • Jason De Carteret
  • Edwin de Haven
  • George W. De Long
  • Nina Demme
  • Antoni Bolesław Dobrowolski
  • Erich von Drygalski
  • George J. Dufek
  • Jules Dumont d'Urville
  • Lincoln Ellsworth
  • Edward Evans
  • Edgar Evans
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • John Franklin
  • Peter Freuchen
  • Martin Frobisher
  • Vivian Fuchs
  • Tobias Furneaux
  • Yakov Gakkel
  • Matvei Gedenschtrom
  • Adrien de Gerlache
  • Johann Georg Gmelin
  • Adolphus Greely
  • Pen Hadow
  • Charles Francis Hall
  • Helmer Hanssen
  • Bernhard Hantzsch
  • Sverre Hassel
  • Adrian Hayes
  • Isaac Israel Hayes
  • Samuel Hearne
  • Matthew A. Henson
  • Wally Herbert
  • Alex Hibbert
  • Edmund Hillary
  • John Hornby
  • Andreas Hovgaard
  • Henry Hudson
  • Edward Israel
  • Hjalmar Johansen
  • Antony Jinman
  • Erling Kagge
  • Otto Kalvitsa
  • Elisha Kent Kane
  • Sydney L. Kirkby
  • Gerald Ketchum
  • Maria Klenova
  • Lauge Koch
  • Aleksandr Kolchak
  • Nikolai Kolomeitsev
  • Alexander Kuchin
  • Paul Landry
  • Dmitry Laptev
  • Khariton Laptev
  • Carl Anton Larsen
  • Georges Lecointe
  • Christian Leden
  • Ernest de Koven Leffingwell
  • Percy Lemon
  • Godske Lindenov
  • Martin Lindsay
  • Fyodor Litke
  • Ivan Lyakhov
  • Alistair Mackay
  • Alexander MacKenzie
  • Aeneas Mackintosh
  • Cecil Madigan
  • Rune Malterud
  • Stepan Malygin
  • Donal T. Manahan
  • Albert Hastings Markham
  • James Marr
  • Eric Marshall
  • Fyodor Matisen
  • Fyodor Matyushkin
  • Douglas Mawson
  • James May
  • Francis Leopold McClintock
  • Jim McNeill
  • Janice Meek
  • Alexander Middendorf
  • Ejnar Mikkelsen
  • Fyodor Minin
  • Gerhard Muller
  • Fridtjof Nansen
  • George Nares
  • Alfred Gabriel Nathorst
  • Edward Nelson
  • Umberto Nobile
  • Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld
  • Otto Nordenskjöld
  • Børge Ousland
  • Dmitry Ovtsyn
  • Pyotr Pakhtusov
  • Nathaniel Palmer
  • Ivan Papanin
  • William Parry
  • Charlie Paton
  • Robert Edwin Peary
  • Yakov Permyakov
  • Eric Philips
  • Ralph Plaisted
  • Fedot Popov
  • Richard Profit
  • Vasili Pronchishchev
  • Maria Pronchishcheva
  • Lewis Gordon Pugh
  • Emil Racovita
  • Pierre-Esprit Radisson
  • John Rae
  • Knud Rasmussen
  • Andrew Regan
  • George W. Rice
  • John Richardson
  • Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen
  • Quintin Riley
  • Alfred Ritscher
  • Edith Ronne
  • Finn Ronne
  • James Clark Ross
  • John Ross
  • Vladimir Rusanov
  • John Rymill
  • Rudolf Samoylovich
  • Yakov Sannikov
  • Ben Saunders
  • Otto Schmidt
  • William Scoresby
  • Robert Falcon Scott
  • Georgy Sedov
  • Ernest Shackleton
  • Nobu Shirase
  • Pyotr Shirshov
  • Paul Siple
  • Mikhail Somov
  • Pavel Senko
  • Mikhail Stadukhin
  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson
  • Will Steger
  • Otto Sverdrup
  • Robert Swan
  • Eduard Toll
  • Yevgeny Tolstikov
  • Alexey Tryoshnikov
  • Avgust Tsivolko
  • Nikolay Urvantsev
  • Georgy Ushakov
  • Merkury Vagin
  • Boris Vilkitsky
  • Vladimir Vize
  • Lawrence Wager
  • Paul Walker
  • Carl Frederick Wandel
  • Gino Watkins
  • Richard Weber
  • James Weddell
  • Walter Wellman
  • Frank Wild
  • Hubert Wilkins
  • Edward Wilson
  • Oscar Wisting
  • Frank Worsley
  • Ferdinand von Wrangel

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