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Norwegian Polar voyager commemorated. The man who participated in most of Norway’s Polar expeditions is to be remembered in his home town of Hammerfest. Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm from Northern Norway’s Finnmark County was a prominent member of many teams. The voyager (b. 17th May 1866, d. 21st September 1939 in Oslo) never reached the South Pole, unfortunately. He is to a large degree unknown.

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Norwegian Polar voyager commemorated

Published on Tuesday, 6th January, 2015 at 23:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 7th January 2015 at 00:08.

The man who participated in most of Norway’s Polar expeditions is to be remembered in his home town of Hammerfest.

Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm
This picture shows the voyager holding samples of fish on King William Island (previously King William Land) in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut in 1904.Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm
Photo: Norwegian National Library archives


Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm from Northern Norway’s Finnmark County was a prominent member of many teams.

The voyager (b. 17th May 1866, d. 21st September 1939 in Oslo) never reached the South Pole, unfortunately. He is to a large degree unknown.

Lindstrøm was just 15 years old when he went on his first journey to the Arctic Ocean, working as a galley boy.

He also worked as a chef on the vessel Fram on her homeward voyage from Tromsø to Oslo.

This followed Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s first expedition (1893-96) on the ship, which left Northern Norway’s Vardø on 24th June bound for the New Siberian Islands.

Lindstrøm also participated in the ship’s second expedition (1898-1902), this time to north-western Greenland.

Greenland, which belongs to Denmark, is located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Moreover, Lindstrøm was part of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s expedition with the Gjøa, the first ship to navigate the Northwest Passage north of the Canadian mainland on one expedition and with one ship.

Having served in the US Navy for six months after this, Lindstrøm then participated in Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole, Antarctica, between 1910 and 1912.

Hammerfest-born Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm also took part in many other Norwegian expeditions. He was made Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

As part of commemorating and spreading knowledge about the man and his achievements, company Hammerfest Turist and Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten are now offering mini-expeditions from 8th January. These will use authentic costumes from the early 1900s, reports NRK.

Hammerfest Turist’s Knut Arne Iversen tells the broadcaster that “amongst other things, we want to get and place a statue of him in the centre of Hammerfest.”

“We’ve now got a pin made with his picture on it which we’ll be selling to part-finance the statue,” he says.

(Additional sources: The Fram Museum, Norsk polarhistorie)




Published on Tuesday, 6th January, 2015 at 23:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 7th January 2015 at 00:08.

This post has the following tags: arctic, antarctic, nansen, amundsen, polar, norway, expedition, scott.





  
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