17 Dec 2011

Experience increases admiration for Amundsen

7:56 pm on 17 December 2011

A member of the party that attempted to recreate Raold Amundsen's successful journey to the South Pole says the trip left members even more impressed with his accomplishment.

A delegation from Norway, including the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, spent several days at the South Pole to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Amundsen's arrival there on 14 December 1911.

Amundsen's team was the first ever to reach the pole.

Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute Jan-Gunnar Winther, who was in a party that tried to ski Amundsen's route, says the group had read about Amundsen but after doing the journey to the South Pole they were even more impressed.

The group had to fly part of the way to get to the Pole on time for the centenary and he says they were impressed at how efficient and dedicated Amundsen must have been.

"We thought it was a major physical and mental exercise to get there."

What is more, Mr Winther says, the commemoration group only attempted the one-way trip to the South Pole while Amundsen then had to turn around and make the trip back.