Scientists and explorers have gathered at the South Pole, 100 years to the day since Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach it.
Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg arrived in fitting style, in time to accompany some modern-day adventurers.
Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, described his polar expedition:
“The first 700 kilometres flat on a floating ice shelf and then climbing up into the mountains 3,000 metres and then on the plateau the rest of the trip through to the South Pole. A long distance, strenuous, but very impressive to see how Amundsen solved this task.”
Only the second head of government to visit the pole, Stoltenberg unveiled an ice bust of his illustrious countryman, hailing his achievement.
Amundsen reached the South Pole on December 14 1911. Better preparation and his team’s use of skis and dog sleds famously helped it beat a rival party led by Britain’s Captain Robert Scott. Scott and his companions died on their way back from the South Pole in a doomed expedition that has earned its own place in history.