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Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861-13 May 1930)
Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer who led the first team to cross Greenland in 1888. Nansen was a pioneer in the fields of exploration and oceanography, and was also a diplomat and humanitarian who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Read More >

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the spirit of exploration

Antarctic Heritage Trust’s mission is to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration. Through our Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions, we aim to provide opportunities for young people to experience Antarctica and the polar regions. These expeditions engage people with the legacy and spirit of exploration, inspiring a new generation of explorers.

The Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition sees our team attempt to ski 560km across the Greenland Ice Cap, dragging 60kg sleds behind them. 2018 marks the 130th anniversary of the first crossing of Greenland by iconic Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

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2018 Inspiring Explorers

Brando Yelavich

Bridget Kruger

Hollie Woodhouse

Keith Parsons

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We spy a future explorer in the making...Seven year old Mila Blundell and her mother Ruth read Joanna Grochowicz's book 'Into The White', about Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition, and now Mila has become his newest fan. She recently dressed up as Scott for her school's Book Week parade and we think you'll agree she bears more than a little resemblance. Go Mila! 
#explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #Scott #InspiringExplorers 📷: Mila's family, Royal Geographical Society
The mighty Ferguson TE20 seen here sixty years ago as part of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1956-58), led by Sir Ed Hillary. The tractors were modified with an extra wheel on each side and a caterpillar track. They were the first vehicle to make it to the South Pole!

#explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation 
📷: Canterbury Museum
The Inspiring Explorers have reached the halfway point of the crossing!
DYE 2 is an abandoned US Radar Station, a relic of the Cold War. The station was last in operation thirty years ago, and sits eerily frozen in time, apparently with darts still in the dartboard and drinks left sitting on tables... After exploring the inside of the ghostly building, the team set up camp in the shadow of the station for the night. They now forge on to the summit, the highest point of their journey. Hit the link in bio to see how the team are tracking.

#explore #discover #Greenland #InspiringExplorers #Nansen 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
#onthisday in 1916, with daylight breaking on them, Shackleton, Worsley and Crean reached Stromness whaling station after crossing the rugged and foreboding interior of South Georgia for 36 exhausting hours. The island had never been crossed before, but after landing in King Haakon Bay on the uninhabited side of South Georgia, the trio were left with no other option. 
The whaling station manager was shocked by what greeted him as he opened his door. He barely recognised the three men standing there, whom he had last seen eighteen months earlier. They resembled, in Worsley's words 'a terrible trio of scarecrows', their clothing filthy and worn, skin blackened with frostbite, grease and soot, and their hair matted. The photo below shows the trio after a much needed bath.

#explore #discover #Antarctica #Shackleton #InspiringExplorer #onthisday
Happy World Whisky Day!

In January 2010, the Trust recovered three crates of Shackleton's now legendary Mackinlay Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky from underneath his hut at Cape Royds. The whisky date back to the British Antarctic Expedition (1907-1909). The whisky was taken to a temperature controlled lab at Canterbury Museum where delicate conservation work was carried out. 
Whyte and Mackay Whisky - the owners of the original distilleries were granted a special permit, to take sample bottles back to their distillery for chemical analysis where master distiller Richard 'The Nose' Patterson was able to recreate the flavour of the original. The result was the Shackleton Whisky. Now in its third iteration, The Shackleton Whisky has been a huge hit, with proceeds from each bottle sold going towards the Trust's conservation work in Antarctica. 
Three years after being removed under the hut, the crates were returned to Antarctica, thus completing the journey of perhaps the most storied whisky in history! If you're enjoying a quiet dram today, take a moment to imagine the warmth a nip of whisky would have given to Shackleton and his men as they braved the icy continent. 🥃🇦🇶 #explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #Shackleton #whisky #worldwhiskyday 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
Today is World Museum Day so we just have to say a big thank you to Canterbury Museum for supporting our conservators through the use of their laboratory. Shackleton's Whisky, George Murray Levick's Notebook, and Dr Edward Wilson's 118-year-old watercolour painting (pictured), are just some of the notable artefacts that the team have conserved and restored at Canterbury Museum. 🙌

#explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #WorldMuseumDay 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
How do you take your tea? Probably not with milk AND lemon juice! This rather peculiar combination may not have been one of Nansen's best inventions.

The team were only a week or so into the crossing but had already encountered hideous storm conditions, and were fighting unquenchable thirsts. With their drinking water limited, Nansen struck upon the 'brilliant notion' of adding citric acid to the group's tea for extra refreshment. However, they had forgotten about the condensed milk which they'd already added to their cups. The result, as Nansen described, was a disaster... "...our disappointment when we saw the milk sink to the bottom and slowly curdle was indescribable. We drank the mixture however, and I, who, as the inventor and patentee was bound to set a good example, could say no less than that I found the refreshing qualities of the tea increased by the addition of citric acid in spite of the unwelcome lumps of curd. But this dictum did not meet with general acceptance, and the experiment was never repeated." 🍋🥛 #explore #discover #Greenland #InspiringExplorers #Nansen #throwbackthursday #cuppa
Happy birthday to #InspiringExplorer Keith! We have a feeling a birthday on the Greenland Ice Cap will be one to remember for years to come... 🎂🎈🎉❄️ #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers
"I demolish my bridges behind me - then there is no choice but forward." #onthisday in 1930, Fridtjof Nansen died suddenly aged 68 at his home 'Polhøgda' (Polar Heights) in Lysaker, Norway. He received a state funeral.

Throughout his life he had counted exploration, science, invention and humanitarianism among his many pursuits, and had received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work repatriating almost half a million prisoners of war. This led to the introduction of the Nansen Passport, a universal travel document for displaced people. 
Today, Nansen's home is an institute dedicated to energy and the environment, as well as something of a museum to the man. His office remains very much as he left it, his chair facing toward the window, with a view out to the Oslo Fjord, where Nansen's famous ship Fram was launched.

#explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers
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