Roald Amundsen was the first man to ever reach the South Pole – barely beating his British rival Robert F. Scott. During this year’s SeaFest vistors had the pleasure to learn about this Norwegian hero and polar explorer from the exhibition Cold Recall – on loan from the Norwegian Embassy in Ireland.
The Exhibition is built around Amundsen’s own lantern slides and lectures, that he toured around the world with after his voyages. They give a unique insight to the planning and the execution of the expedition and an overview of the early days of polar exploration.
The exhibition was opened on June 9 by Seán Kyne TD, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources and Ambassador Eikeland had the pleasure of giving a speech on Norwegian polar history and the aim of strengthening Irish-Norwegian cooperation related to ocean.
Two weeks later, the Director of the Fram Museum, and one of the world’s foremost experts on Amundsen, Geir Kløver, visited Galway. Here he gave a tour of the exhibition to schoolchildren from the Northampton National School, and they displayed their project on polar exploration.