The Fram Expedition

The Fram Expedition aimed to show that ocean currents could transport a ship across the Arctic Ocean, possibly taking it as far northward as the North Pole itself. The expedition never reached the North Pole, though Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen penetrated farther north than anyone had previously – to 86° 4’. But Nansen did succeed in proving his theory about the current across the Arctic Ocean, and the Fram Expedition essentially dispelled the theory – held by many – that the North Pole was situated on a large land mass. The scientific results from the Fram Expedition were published in six volumes between 1900 and 1906.