Lawrence Howard performs "Nansen of the North" at Portland Story Theater in January. The story is the latest in Howard's "Armchair Adventurer" series, in which he brings to life the fascinating, true histories of seafaring explorers and polar expeditions.
Fridtjof Nansen and his fellow traveler Hjalmar Johansen used kayaks in their effort to reach the North Pole. The two made it farther north than any previous expeditions and survived three winters in the Arctic. (Submitted photo)
The Fram pictured iced-in in the Arctic in March 1894. The ship was made with a unique hull designed to ride aloft on Arctic ice in Nansen's bid to reach the North Pole, putting to the test then-new theories about westward drifting ocean currents.
Fridtjof Nansen was a champion skier in addition to scientest, diplomat and Arctic explorer. “For him, skiing was as natural as breathing is to the rest of us," said Portland storyteller Lawrence Howard, presenting "Nansen of the North" Friday at Cascades Theatre in Bend.
In his later years, Nansen represented Norway in the League of Nations. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work resettling refugees after World War I and for saving millions of Russians from famine.