Polar Explorers

Across the Greenland ice (1888-1889)

In 1888 Fridtjof Nansen, together with five companions, became the first to cross Greenland’s inland.

They spent six weeks skiing across the ice cap from east to west and had to spend the winter 1888-89 at Godthaab (Nuuk) on the west coast before they could get a ship back to Norway.

Fridtjof Nansen
Kristian Kristiansen
Ole Nilsen Ravna
Oluf Dietrichson
Otto Sverdrup
Samuel Johannesen Balto

"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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