Polar expedition finally underway

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Bad weather held them back, but now a new Norwegian expedition to the South Pole is finally underway, featuring some polar experts and a former skiing star.

Vegard Ulvang, an Olympic and world champion cross country skier, is among the group of four that finally could leave Punta Arenas in Chile on Friday evening after being stranded for more than a week by bad weather. It cleared, making it possible for a flight carrying the men and their equipment to land on the Union Glacier in Antarctica.

The expedition began after the four-hour flight from Chile, reported news bureau NTB over the weekend. It aims to reach the South Pole by December 14, the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s first successful trek to the pole in 1911.

Expedition members in addition to Ulvang include Jan-Gunnar Winther and Harald Dag Jølle of the Norwegian Polar Institute and author and adventurer Stein P Aasheim.

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