During the Elizabethan era, the lure of a "northwest passage" through the Arctic waters, to gain access to Asia was irresistible. Despite unsuccessful attempts by other explorers, it was not discovered how to navigate through this area until 1903-6 by Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer. (He was also the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911.) Then the search for the North pole began by land based expeditions. A key crossing on the way to the North Pole was crossing the 80th parallel. Sailing northward on the Akademik Ioffe, we crossed this legendary parallel on the 24th of June, 2017, albeit in comfortable cabins, with good food and an open bar. The exact moment of crossing was seen on the navigation instruments on the bridge. X-T2 with 10-24. The 5th line of large font on this monitor shows we just crossed, POSN1.