The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen by Stephen R. BownThe Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries—the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole—remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes. Renowned for his determination and technical skills, both feared and beloved by his men, Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration, which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology, commerce, and publicity. Feted in his lifetime as an international celebrity, pursued by women and creditors, he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer.
Stephen R. Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsens life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry-Garrards The Worst Journey in the World, the exciting detail of The Endurance, and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale. The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good story.
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Roald Amundsen: Facts and Information
He led the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage by sea, from to , and the first expedition to the South Pole in He led the first expedition proven to have reached the North Pole in Amundsen was born to a family of Norwegian shipowners and captains in Borge , between the towns Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg. His parents were Jens Amundsen and Hanna Sahlqvist. Roald was the fourth son in the family. His mother wanted him to avoid the family maritime trade and encouraged him to become a doctor, a promise that Amundsen kept until his mother died when he was aged He promptly quit university for a life at sea.
He and his team were the first to reach the South Pole. Amundsen was also the first man known to travel the Northwest Passage. Amundson was a Norwegian who explored the Arctic and the South Pole. On 19 December , he came to the South Pole together with his men. Robert Falcon Scott and his team came 35 days later. Amundsen and his men used skis and dog sleds for transportation.
Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. As the leader of the Antarctic expedition of to , which was the first to reach the South Pole, on December 14, , he was a key expedition leader during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Take a look below for 25 more strange and interesting facts about Roald Amundsen. In , he was the first expedition leader for the air expedition to the North Pole, making him the first person, without dispute, to reach both poles. He is known as having the first expedition to traverse the Northwest Passage in the Arctic. In June , while taking part in a rescue mission for the airship Italia, the plane in which he was a passenger disappeared. Several members of his family were involved in maritime trade and were ship-owners and captains.
How did he beat the British expedition?
One hundred and five years ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led the first expedition to the South Pole. Today, his achievement is being honoured with a Google Doodle depicting his crew taking a moment to bask in their glory as the Antarctic wind rages outside their tent. Here are four facts about the courageous explorer and namesake of the novelist Roald Dahl, who lived from to
He was one of the greatest figures in the field of polar exploration. Amundsen studied medicine for a while and then took to sea. In he sailed as first mate on the Belgica in a Belgian expedition that was the first to winter in the Antarctic. He reached Cape Colborne in present-day Nunavut in August , completing his transit of the passage proper, before ice halted his westerly progress for the winter at Herschel Island in the Yukon the following month. This achievement whetted his appetite for the spectacular in polar exploration.