Norway helps save polar cabins

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Norway and New Zealand are sharing the cost of restoring historic buildings in Antarctica that were used by polar explorers and researchers including Robert Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Carsten Borchgrevink.

The latter was a Norwegian polar researcher born in 1864 who made his first trip to Antarctica in 1894 with a Norwegian whale-hunting expedition. Borchgrevink led the British Southern Cross expedition from 1989 to 1900, which was the first to spend the winter in Antarctica.

His set up the first cabin on the continent, reported newspaper Aftenposten, which was fabricated at the Strømmen Trevarefabrikk in Norway. It’s small compared to Scott’s cabin that New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust has restored, but it contains historic inventory and is considered a cultural treasure.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visited Scott’s cabin after visiting the South Pole this week to take part in celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s arrival in 1911.

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