About The Nansen–Amundsen Year


The official report (PDF, 6 MB, Norwegian)

Graphic showing the organizational structure of the Nansen-Amundsen YearOrganization chart  for The Nansen-Amundsen Year.


In 2011 two anniversaries with great significance for Norway coincided. It was 150 years since the birth of Fridtjof Nansen and 100 years since Roald Amundsen, accompanied by four of his men, arrived as the first at the South Pole.

As a unifying framework for this jubilee year the Norwegian Government decided to establish the Nansen–Amundsen Year 2011. The objective of the celebration was to spread knowledge and arouse enthusiasm about the lives and work of Nansen and Amundsen. This year highlighted the roles these men played as nation-builders and polar heroes, their contributions to science and literature, as well as Nansen’s humanitarian endeavours and his role as a diplomat and politician.

Opening and events

The Nansen–Amundsen Year was officially opened in Tromsø 23 January by Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre as part of a large outdoor party that included an ice concert, arctic food, films about Nansen and Amundsen, and dog-sledding. The exhibition ‘Snowhow. What the polar heroes learned from the Inuit, the Sami and Arctic seafarers’ opened at the same time. About 500 events took place in Norway and abroad during the year (see the calendar).