Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen

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Handmade toy soldier of the Norwegian Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen in 1:30 scale. The miniature is portrait-like and depicts Amundsen holding the compass they used on their expedition to the geographic South Pole in December 1911. The tin soldier is delivered in a beautiful metal box which also contains a small text leaflet with the story of Roald Amundsen. After sailing through the Northwest Passage with the ship "Gjøa" in 1903-1906, Amundsen planned an expedition to the North Pole. He borrowed Nansen's ship "Fram" and equipped it for a North Pole voyage. But after receiving the news that Robert Peary had reached the Pole Point, he chose to bet on the South Pole. Amundsen feared that Nansen would take back "Fram" if he found out about the changed plans, and therefore only told his brother and the captain of "Fram", Thorvald Nilsen, that the South Pole was the target. Only when "Fram" arrived in Madeira did Amundsen tell the rest of the crew about the plans. All chose to accompany Amundsen to Antarctica. As navigator, Amundsen had Helmer Hanssen with him, who led the way towards the pole, and on the sled he had a compass with him. This compass is recreated on the tin soldier by Roald Amundsen.