Pictures from Amundsen’s South Pole adventures

December 24, 2011 - 07:42

Fascinating photos reveal the harsh but beautiful surroundings of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s 100-year-old expedition to the South Pole.

A hundred years ago – 14 December 1911 – Norwegian polar explorer and adventurer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) became the first person to reach the South Pole.

This happened in a race against time as a British expedition led by Robert Scott was on the same mission and was constantly breathing down Amundsen’s neck. But Amundsen came first.

The journey across the ice proceeded from his ship ‘Fram’, which was anchored at the ice edge of the South Pole. The crew members took photographs while making their way towards the South Pole. These pictures give us an exciting insight into the journey across the icy landscape.

You can see the historic photos in the above picture gallery.

Most of the photographs come from the American NOAA – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which monitors developments in the oceans and the atmosphere.

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Dann Vinther