To find "new land" was the mission of the Northern Party of the CAE.
Vihjalmur Stefansson, the "Commander," was to explore
north of Alaska and the Canadian mainland and beyond the known islands of the
western Arctic. Drifting on moving ice floes, driving dog teams, or sailing small
schooners during the short summer season of open water, the Northern Party covered
many thousands of kilometers of lands never seen before, even by the Inuit.