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Sir Hubert Wilkins: Flying to Inaccessibility

The North Pole of Inaccessibility (approx. 85N-175W) is the point on the surface of the Arctic Ocean which is the farthest distance from any coastline.

It is about 1100 km / 684 miles from the nearest land and is therefore considered the most difficult location to both reach - and get back to land from!

In 1958 a Russian icebreaker broke its way through to this ice-covered location, but Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins and American aviator Carl Ben Eielson flew there by aircraft in 1927.

The pair flew 2,200 miles / 3,540 km from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a Norwegian island in the Greenland Sea - becoming the first to fly a plane across the entire Arctic Ocean.

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