On the centenary of Fridtjof Nansen’s appointment as the high commissioner for refugees for the League of Nations, we’re retracing his historic route across Greenland to celebrate his lasting legacy as a scientist, humanitarian and explorer. We are crossing the island without resupplies and using only human power. We will raise money and awareness for refugees and stateless people, issues that are just as relevant today as they were when Nansen fought them a hundred years ago.
Team Fram are Lauren and Thorsten, adventurers and polar explorers in training.
With plans to cross Greenland in 2020, and ski to both poles, our first goal was to ski the length of Hardangervidda in early 2019.
Before we set out on our polar journey, neither of us had a background in adventuring, and neither of us had ever even been skiing in our lives. On this website we’re capturing our journey from wannabes to seasoned Polar explorers. If you are thinking about getting into adventuring yourself, but feel like you can’t do it, or don’t know where to start, we hope our experiences can help you to find tools and inspiration.
2018 saw us starting our fitness training, learning skiing near Oslo, and training for an Arctic expedition with Wild Norway on a frozen river in Sweden. In August, we headed to Hardangervidda for a summer hike where we tested our kit and practised our morning and evening routines and teamwork. In December we were back in Norway for more skiing and winter camping practice.