Fridtjof Nansen

Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen is considered one of the father’s of modern polar exploration. He would be the first person to cross Greenland, and make a famed effort for the North Pole (the Fram Expedition). In doing so, he pioneered many tactics used by successful polar explorers to this day. He used skis and dogs. And he employed small teams – relying on speed and mobility. It was a far cry from the days of hundreds of men hauling sledges across the polar ice. But Nansen wasn’t just an explorer. He was a ground breaking scientist and a diplomat, and received a Nobel Prize for his humanitarian efforts later in his life.


Fridtjof Nansen – Part 1 – Adventurer and Scientist

In part one of our series, we cover Nansen’s early years, including a sealing expedition to the Arctic, and his success as a scientist. We then move on to his planning of his Greenland Expedition in 1888 – where Nansen will try and become the first man to ever cross the world’s biggest island.

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