Norwegian Explorers

Most countries are proud of their great ancestors and explorers and Norway is not the exception. This post is about our Norwegian explorers who traveled the world in extraordinary ways. They all went seeking for adventure in a way none of us do today. Without fear, without fame, without fortune.

Thor Heyerdal

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One of our most famous explorers was Thor Heyerdahl. He drifted across the Pacific with his crew on a raft he made out of lightweight balsa wood. The raft, named Kon Tiki was made to show people it was possible to travel like the South American Indians had done for hundreds of years. Kon Tiki´s journey went from Peru to Polynesia in 1947.

Later in his life Thor Heyerdal went on more expeditions. In 1969 and in 1970 he made a boat out of papyrus that he called Ra. Wanting to show people how ancient vessels crossed the Atlantic to America.

His last big adventure was with the boat Tigris. He sailed with Tigris around the Arabian peninsula. The Tigris voyage lasted for 6,800 km and ended when the crew found themselves surrounded by war on all sides. In April 1978 they decided to burn and abandon the boat.


Fridtjof Nansen

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Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer, oceanographer, Nobel Peace Prize winner, a humanitarian and a diplomat. As a young man Fridtjof Nansen led many courageous expeditions to arctic climes. When he was 27 years old he crossed the inland ice of Greenland on skis. Becoming the first man to do so. A few years later in 1893 he became the first person to cross the Arctic Ocean with his wooden ship Fram. Bringing back with him valuable scientific material from regions of the earth never before visited by man.


Roald Amundsen

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Roald Amundsen has always been an inspiration to other explorers following his path to both the North and South Poles. During his voyage in 1903 Amundsen discovered the Northwest Passage between Greenland and Northern Canada. A few years later he led his men to the South Pole using dogs and skis as well as Fridtjof Nansen's famous wooden ship Fram, Amundsen died on a rescue mission to the North Pole in 1928.


Visit the famous Kon-tiki and Fram in Oslo

In Oslo you can experience the famous fleet and ship used by the explorers you just read about. Both The Kon-Tiki Museum and The Fram Museum are located at beautiful Bygdøy. This place is worth a visit even if you are not planning on going to the museums.

You can get to the Museums with local transportation from the city center.

  • Buss no. 30 from bus stop Jernbanetorget, Rådhuset (City Hall) and Solli Plass every 10 min.
  • Ferry from City Hall dock regularly from April until October every 20 min. Stop no. 2 Bygdøynes.

For more information on opening hours and ticket prices visit their websites: