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Amundsen Centenary Wrap-up

Roald Amundsen's great achievement of reaching the Geographic South Pole 100 years ago was celebrated in style this season. The Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, came to honour Amundsen's expedition and unveiled a specially commissioned ice bust of the great man during a moving ceremony.

Prime Minister Stoltenberg also met a number of Norwegian expeditions that had skied or flown to the South Pole, many of whom came on ANI Experiences especially to be at the event. To look after these groups, ANI built a camp near the South Pole that could accommodate up to 100 people. Equipment was moved to the Pole in early December and in 4 or 5 days the ANI camp was in place. In the end the camp housed 93 people, all of whom attended the Amundsen celebrations lead by Prime Minister Stoltenberg.

Amundsen-Scott South Pole station is operated by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), who had pulled out all the stops to make the event a success. NSF had placed a temporary Visitor Center and shop near the pole and these were very much appreciated by our guests. Having a heated area near the Pole made visits so much more enjoyable, and we were able to talk with scientists and Pole staff in the Center about the incredible research undertaken there.
 
Amundsen and his team were duly toasted and famous Norwegian explorers read notes from the expedition's diaries. Scott's expedition was not forgotten and his remarkable achievents were also honoured.

Photos from Flickr:
Prime Minister Stoltenberg unveiles bust of Amundsen
Ice Bust of Amundsen at South Pole
ANI Team at South Pole 14-Dec-2011
Amundsen Ice Sculpture
Guests at the South Pole
Geographic South Pole
ANI team reanact Amundsen's South Pole photo
With Amundsen at the South Pole
ANI South Pole Centenary Camp
Constructing  ANI South Pole Centenary Camp
DC-3 at ANI South Pole Centenary Camp