The Fram Diaries
Fridtjof Nansen’s epic expedition across the Arctic Ocean with Fram, his attempt to reach the North Pole with Hjalmar Johansen, their sledge journey to Frans Josef land and the wintering there, constitute one of the world’s most well-known and important polar expeditions. It was the expedition that laid the foundation for Norway as a polar nation, revolutionized international polar research, and established Fridtjof Nansen as one of the big heroes in the history of polar expeditions. The expedition also contributed to the Norwegian national feeling, self-confidence and independence.
In March 2020, almost 125 years after the return of the expedition, the Fram Museum in Oslo will publish the personal diaries of Fridtjof Nansen and eight of the twelve crew members on board. 5000 pages in eight volumes, including the nine diaries, 1000 letters, 200 technical drawings and maps, 300 newspaper articles, a number of menus, songs, lectures, and every single photo taken on the expedition.