Fridtjof Nansen
Norwegian Explorer of Greenland and the Arctic

Fridtjof Nansen

Four-Year Old Fridtjof Nansen

Nordmarka, Norway (just north of modern-day Oslo). This is where Nansen (as a teenager) Began His First Real Exploring

Jotunheimen, the Main Mountain Range in Western Norway. When Nansen was 17 Years Old, He, his Brother Alexander, and his Half-Brother Harald Bølling Trekked Through this Range.

Map of Norway, Showing Nansen's Home Town of Christiania (now called Oslo) and Bergen, Where He Worked as a Museum Curator; the Location of Jotunheimen is Also Shown

Fridtjof Nansen in Late Teens

Planned (red) and Actual (yellow) Routes Across Greenland in 1888

Nansen's 1888 Greenland Expedition Team. Left to Right: Ole Nielsen Ravna, Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, Kristian Kristiansen, Oluf Dietrichson, and Samuel Balto

Nansen and His Team Begin their Trek Across the Greenland Ice Cap

The Long March Across the Greenland Ice Cap (1888)

Soon Into the Journey, Nansen Changed Course to Nuuk (rather than Disko Bay)

Fridtjof's wife, Eva (1930)

The First Leg of the Fram Voyage

Planned Drift to the North Pole


Fram Departing Bergen, Norway (July 2, 1893)

Fridtjof Nansen and Otto Sverdup Aboard

Otto Sverdrup Aboard Fram

Fram Beset in Ice (March 1894)

Nansen and
Fram (June 15, 1894)

Fram Amidst the Ice Floes (July 14, 1894)

Fram Beset in Ice

Fram Beset in Ice

Fram in January 1895

Hjalmar Johansen Aboard

Nansen and Johansen's
Intended Route to the North Pole and Beyond

Nansen and Johansen's
Actual Route After Leaving Fram

Nansen and Johansen Depart Fram on Their Journey to the Pole - March 14, 1895

Johansen Hauling Sledge Toward Franz Josef Land

Nansen and Johansen's Journey Across the Franz Josef Land Archipelago

Sketch of Nansen's and Johansen's Winter Hut on Frederick Jackson Island (1895-1896); Because of the Snow Drifts, the Hut Appears "Under Ground"

Frederick George Jackson (left) Greeting Nansen (right) at Cape Flora, Northbrook Island (Franz Josef Land) - June 17, 1896

The Reunited Crew of
Fram in Oslo - September 1896 (Nansen is in front row, second from right)

Fridtjof Nansen in Later Years