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14 December 2012

The Fram Museum can today proudly inform that the Norwegian government has decided to allocate 20 million kroner to the protection building for the polar ship Gjøa – the first ship to sail through the Northwest Passage.

One hundred and one years ago, Roald Amundsen was the first to arrive at the geographical South Pole. Then he had five years earlier managed to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean during one expedition, and the ship he used for this was the Hardanger sloop Gjøa.

The Gjøa building is under construction and will be completed in June next year when we open it for the public. The Gjøa herself found her way inside on the 11th of October this year.

Exhibitions about all the attempts to navigate the passage will see the light of day on our new premises - from the 15th century and up to Amundsen’s successful crossing in 1903-06. Furthermore, we will have a film theatre, a classroom and a polar slide for children.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are also having an own section dedicated to important and relevant information about the Arctic today. This will be about polar research, the cooperation with Norway’s neighbour countries, climate change, new sea routes, fisheries and so on.

More about this here:


"Victory awaits him, who has everything in order - luck we call it.  Defeat is definitely due for him, who has neglected to take the necessary precautions - bad luck we call it"

Roald Amundsen

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