Two expeditions that have played a significant role in the search for the northernmost land in the world are the Top Of The World Expedition (ATOW) in 1996 and the Return To The Top Of The World Expedition (RTOW) in 2001. The ATOW Expedition attempted to reach Oodaaq Island by crossing the sea ice from Kaffeklubben Island. They failed to find Oodaaq, which had disappeared since first seen in 1978, and instead stumbled on a new island even farther north. In 2001 the Return To The Top Of The World Expedition (RTOW) failed to find the 1996 island, but from the air sighted a new island which was farther north yet.
The sightings of new islands north of Kaffeklubben have led to several valid claims for the discovery of the world’s “northernmost” land, and for the most part these have been valid. The trouble is that each of these islands has subsequently disappeared.
My book Beyond the Edge places the island discoveries made by The Top Of The World Expedition and the Return To The Top Of The World Expedition in the larger historical context of the many expeditions that have traversed the north coast of Greenland in search or real or mythical goals.
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