Jan 31, 2009
National Geographic – In 1888 Nansen led the first traverse of Greenland—with typical understatement, he called it a “ski tour”—but he missed the last boat home, forcing him to stay the winter hunting seals, learning to kayak, and living with Greenlanders. This experience formed the basis for his acclaimed account, The First Crossing of Greenland, published in 1890, and a lively ethnology, Eskimo Life. Following his Greenland adventures, he became a leading proselytizer for the sport of skiing. At Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Museum, Nansen is depicted as a twin-planked deity in furs, a founding father of Norway’s national sport.