“…go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There may not be a better quote to describe Norway’s role in the exploration, or conquest, depending on your view, of the Arctic region. Those efforts, by people undeterred by the harshest of climates and conditions, is wonderfully showcased in Oslo’s fascinating Fram Museum, located on the Bygdøy Peninsula, along with the Kon-Tiki Museum; Norwegian Maritime Museum; Norwegian Museum of Cultural History; and Viking Ship Museum. Visitors can actually walk in and around the Fram, the world-famous polar exploration vessel. In addition, there are myriad exhibitions on the ship’s perimeters dedicated to the country’s role in the mapping of the arctic regions. North Americans may not be familiar with the names of Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen, and Otto Sverdrup, but will they will quickly learn to admire and appreciate the conditions they endured on behalf of their nation.