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Cool Vintage North Pole Maps To Download For Free

Awesome Free North Pole Maps

I decided to curate these vintage North Pole maps as I plan to use some in my own Christmas crafting. I thought I would share with here some of the best North Pole maps I found that are free to download.

There is something romantic and mystical about the North Pole. First, the North Pole is where Santa lives, making the maps a great resource for Christmas crafting. Secondly, it was one of the last frontiers on Earth to be conquered. A prized destination for the footsteps of adventurous explorers of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Robert Peary claimed to be the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909. Apparently, by using dog sledges. However, many modern explorers have disputed this as they don’t believe it was possible for Peary to have reached the pole on foot in the time he claimed.

The PDF downloaded maps will be of a higher resolution than the images below.

To download the maps click on the Map title link, and a PDF of the map will automatically download to your device.

Free Vintage North Pole Maps To download



    1. 1799 Map of the Countries Thirty Degrees Round the North Pole

      This is a lovely 1799 map of the northern polar regions by the English map publisher Clement Cruttwell. The region hasn’t been fully explored yet, so some geographical coastlines are vague.


    2. 1606 Mercator Hondius Map of the Arctic (First Map of the North Pole)

      This 1606 colourful vintage North Pole map is considered to be the world’s first specific map of the Arctic region.


    3. 1741 Covens and Mortier Map of the Northern Hemisphere ( North Pole, Arctic )

      This stunning map is a map of the Nothern Hemisphere from the perspective of the Arctic. The writing on both sides of the map (in French on the left and in Dutch on the right) is a letter written by Monsieur Swartz, a Danish explorer, regarding his c. 1734 – 1740 explorations near Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.


    4. 1855 Colton Map of the North Pole or the Arctic

      A rarely seen version of Colton’s map of the North Pole or Arctic. It covers Lake Baikal, Hudson Bay, the British Isles and Kamchatka north to the Pole. This map provides an excellent overview of the state of Arctic exploration and discovery to about 1855


    5. Map of the Northern Hemisphere – John Pinkerton 1818

      This is a map of the Northern Hemisphere by John Pinkerton from 1818. This map depicts North America, Asia, the East Indies, and North Africa on a projection from the North Pole. In North America, thanks primarily to the work of Cook in the Pacific Northwest, the coasts are rendered with considerable accuracy.

1818_Pinkerton_Map_of_the_Northern Hemispher

    1. 1680 North Pole Map by John Seller hydrographer to the King

      This is a gorgeous hand-coloured engraving. A Polar projection, with the Arctic Circle marked. There are inset maps of Japan and China at the top right. The borders are decorated with beautifully illustrated Inuit hunting and European whaling scenes.

1680 _North_Pole_Map by_John_Seller_hydrographer_to_the_King

    1. 1855 North Pole Map by Captain John Ross

      Captain John was a British naval officer and Arctic explorer. He was the uncle of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, RN, who explored the Arctic with him and later led expeditions to Antarctica. He was in his 70s and on his third Arctic expedition when he made this map.

Captain John Ross North Pole Map 1855

    1. 1855 Chart of The North Polar Sea


  1. 1875 German Map of the North Pole

    German Polar map contains the countries and oceans from the North Pole to 50 degrees North and so forth, and an overview of the Russian Empire.

In this collection of classroom geography charts, there is a wonderful geographical Arctic scene featuring Eskimos, polar bears, and the Northern Lights.

You might also like these maps of old maps of Antarctica or old maps of Europe.

If you are looking for some illustrations of the inhabitants of the North Pole, then check out these vintage reindeer drawings and polar bear art prints.

The poles are very snowy, so you might like to check out these vintage snowflake prints.


Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Thank you for these! I'm doing a daily creativity boost class where we're creating our own maps using pieces of others, and these are perfect!


Thursday 14th of May 2020

That sounds like a lovely project. Glad you found the maps useful, there are many more on the site to choose from.


Thursday 12th of December 2019

These are so cool! I'm featuring them today at Thursday Favorite Things. Thanks for sharing them!


Friday 13th of December 2019

Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing them.


Friday 6th of December 2019

This is so cool! Pinning it for later.


Friday 6th of December 2019

Thank you, they are lovely.


Friday 6th of December 2019

Thank you, they are lovely.


Thursday 5th of December 2019

Wow, these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.


Friday 6th of December 2019

Thank you, glad you like them I just love maps.

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Wednesday 12th of December 2018

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