Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas Explained: O is for Outstanding!

On 14 December 1911, the first expedition to reach the geographic South Pole, led by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, arrived at the pole, exactly 105 years ago today!

Amundsen's party arrived five weeks ahead of a British party led by Robert Falcon Scott as part of the Terra Nova Expedition. Amundsen and his team returned safely to their base, but later learned that Scott and his four companions had died on their return journey.

To find out more about snow and ice and its festive associations, read Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts, available now, appropriately enough, from Snowbooks.

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