Fridtjof Nansen

October 25, 2010 Comments Off on Fridtjof Nansen

1,000 Days in the Ice – National Geographic has an amazing set of pictures from Fridtjof Nansen’s polar expedition online. Nansen has always been my favourite arctic explorer. Originally a zoologist, he became the first person to cross the Greenlandic inland ice, and after that, received funding for his expedition to the North Pole on board the MS Fram. Read about his expedition here or here (or here). Returning home to Norway, he became a philantropist and diplomat, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.

He never reached the North Pole, turning South at 86°13.6’N. His first wife was called Eva. She enjoyed skiing. (Sources 1 2)

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