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500 years before Christopher Columbus set his foot on the shores of Central America, another European explorer managed to find his way across frozen waves of the northern seas to Canada. He was Nordic navigator Leif Ericson, son of a Eric the Red, and an explorer whose name will live forever.
This Norwegian explorer will forever be remembered as one of the greatest explorers of the earth’s Poles. During his several polar journeys in early 20th century, he managed to be first man of South Pole and was the first to visit both poles.
The early years of Great Age of Polar Explorers were marked by the exploits of famous Norwegian scientist and Noble Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen. This two missions to the north regions established base for all future explorations of Polar Regions.