Roald Amundsen: The First Person To Arrive on the North Pole

Explorers of the world have always fascinated me.

When I was a little kid I was really into the history of the exploration of America, Australia, India, and the North Pole.

Vasco da Gama explored Africa while he was looking for a new way to Southeast Asia. Other people like the Dutch explorer Willem Barend tried to find a new route to the East by going North.

And then we’ve got the endless exploration of the icy parts of the world.

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first person to set foot on what we call the North Pole on the 12th of May 1926.

But how did he get there?

A mythical place

Before they’ve been explored, the North and South Poles have always been kind of mythical and majestic places.

“Does it even exist?”

Those were the kind of questions that were asked back in the day.

But as we know now, the North Pole isn’t an actual physical location like the South Pole. It’s more of a region than an actual location.

By CIA — CIA World Factbook, Public Domain,

Explorers couldn’t prove their journey

There were more that tried to find the North Pole.

One other guy who claimed to have reached the North Pole was Frederick Cook. The title of this article gives it away: he wasn’t the first one because he couldn’t prove it to be the North Pole.

But then there was Roald Amundsen.

On the 12th of May in 1926, he reached the North Pole (and proved it). They started their journey in Norway and traveled from there to Alaska and then crossed the North Pole.

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