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Books Set in Antarctica and the Arctic

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We are so excited to kick off the year’s Book Voyage reading challenge! Of all the regions on our planned armchair travel journey, this is likely the one you’ve read the least about.

Grab a comfy blanket and hot drink, and join us as we read some of the best books set in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

If you stumbled on this post just looking for something like an Antarctica book or Arctic fiction, we hope you’ll love the choices. While you’re here, you can read all about our Book Voyage: Read Around the World challenge, download your free printable map book tracker, and find book lists for the other 11 regions here.

For the challenge, you can read any book set in the Arctic or Antarctica, but we’ve compiled a great list of options to get you started. Our curated recommendations strike a good balance between male and female perspectives, and between serious and light-hearted examinations of the coldest places on Earth. From arctic novels and fiction books set in Antarctica to non-fiction accounts and memoirs, these books each paint vivid images of life at extremes.

Books Set in the Arctic & Antarctic

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Books Set in Arctic & Antarctic



Members of our Facebook group, Read with the Book Girls and our email list have the option of logging their monthly challenge reads with us. If you need help choosing a book, we’ve added an infographic below that shows those readers’ favorite books set in Antarctica and the Arctic last year.

Next up, pick your book set in Western Europe!

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Text over book covers - Books Around the World: Arctic & Antarctica

Audrey Heil

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

White Heat by M.J. McGrath was a book I had on my shelves that fit the prompt.

Books Set in North America - Book Girls' Guide

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

[…] North: The Arctic and Antarctica were the first stop on the Book Voyage Challenge, and our list of Arctic books cover the northern-most parts of Canada, Greenland, and the US state of […]

Children's Books Set in Antarctica - Book Girls' Guide

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

[…] The list includes 40 books for a range of ages and is divided into sections of best Antarctic story books and children’s picture books about Antarctica, early chapter books for new readers, and middle grade Antarctica books for more advanced readers. You’ll also find a recommended age ranges for every book at the end of each book description.If you want to read a book about Antarctica along with your child, check out our list of Books Set in Antarctica for Adults! […]

Joanna Kafarowski

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I hope you'll include my book- "The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame A Life of Louise Arner Boyd" (Dundurn Press, 2017) which is the first comprehensive biography of this extraordinary Arctic explorer, geographer and socialite!


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

How do we get the map picture on this FB page?😀👏