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Amundsen December 2011

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen becoming the first explorer to reach the South Pole. On December 14th 1911 Roald Amundsen, Helmer Hanssen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting and Sverre Hassell reached the Geographic South Pole. They named their camp Polheim meaning ‘Home on the Pole’. Three days after arriving at the Pole they set out on their return journey to their base camp leaving behind them a small tent, the Norwegian Flag and a letter stating their accomplishment. Their success was publicly announced on March 7, 1912, when they arrived in Hobart, Australia.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his party reached the South Pole on January 17th 1912, thirty four days after Amundsen, only to find the South Pole had already been attained. On their return journey Scott and his men all died tragically of starvation and extreme cold.

            Amunden and his men reached the South Pole at 3pm on December 14th 1911. FRAM museum copyright