Olav Bjaaland

In the early 1900s, Olav Bjaaland was a skiing champion in Norway. In 1910, he joined famous explorer Roald Amundsen on an expedition to Antarctica. Bjaaland was a valuable team member, not just for his strength and skiing expertise, but also for his woodworking skills. In December 1911, he was a member of the team that first reach the South Pole.

Image credits: main image, Wilse / Norsk Folkemuseum.