In 1903-1906 Roald Amundsen was the first person to sail through the Northwest Passage with his ship ’Gjøa’. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
The proud ship ’Fram’ at the South Pole ice edge. On 30 January 1911, Fram left Antarctica after a successful expedition. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Preparing to set up camp for the night. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Amundsen’s favourite dogs, Fix and Lassesin. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Amundsen was a man of strong willpower. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Seal mother and calf. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
The Amundsen expedition also encountered animals on their journey. Pictured here is a seal and its calf. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Roald Amundsen, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel and Oscar Wisting were the ones who reached the South Pole. So did Olav Bjaaland, who presumably took the photo. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Stunning and impassable mountains proved a great challenge for Amundsen and his crew. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
All essentials – including alcohol, tents and food – were transported by dog sledge. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
The ship ’Fram’ took Amundsen and his crew to and from the South Pole ice edge. From there they travelled by dog sledge. (Photo: the NOAA photo library)
Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 December 1911. It was a demanding yet beautiful journey, as you will see from the following pictures (Photo: the NOAA photo library)

Pictures from Amundsen’s South Pole adventures

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

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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.

Translated by: Dann Vinther

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