Sponsors: The Antarctic Circle and The Fram Museum

Principles of the SouthPole-sium
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Oslo & Norway
Fram Museum & Norwegian Maritime Museum, our venues
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Optional Excursion to Uranienborg
Optional Excursion to Horten, Tønsberg, Sandefjord and Larvik
Optional Excursions: Oslo-Bergen via Finse and Coastal Cruise: Bergen to Tromsø
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Those who have signed up for this excursion (total limited to 67. Now 23 signed up.):
Evelyn Baess
Brad Borkan
Rick Dehmel
Suzy Dehmel
Beth Fitzsimmons
Joe Fitzsimmons
Art Gertel
Suzann Gertel
Ann-Rachael Harwood
Laura Kissel
Regina Koellner
Jim McCarthy
Sue McCarthy
Gary Paine
Lt Cdm Julian Salisbury
Marjory Spoerri
Robert Stephenson
Mike Tarver
Ken Thomas
Karen Ronne Tupek
Patricia Wood
Karen Woods
Farris 'Jack' Wright


We will start off on Friday the 12th of May at 9:30am at the National Library of Norway where we'll enjoy a special presentation on some of the polar treasures in the Library's collection. (This event will be open to anyone attending the SouthPole-sium without charge, not just to those on the excursion.) We will get to the Library on our own. This is easily done by bus; it's on the route to the Fram Museum. At about 10:30 following the presentation our charter bus will pick us up at the Library and we'll drive to the Ski Museum where we'll be for about an hour. We'll then continue on to the nearby Frognerseteren, a traditional restaurant with lovely views overlooking Oslo. After lunch we'll take our bus to Svartskog where we'll visit Uranienborg, Amundsen's house beside the fjord. We'll be there as long as it takes for everyone to see their fill. Once satisfield we'll return on the bus to Central Oslo. If there are those who wish to continue on to the Fram Museum, we'll do so. The overall distance of the excursion is about 63km/40 miles.

The cost will be NOK 650 per person (ca. $79, £63, €73), pretty much the cost of chartering the bus and providing lunch divided by the number of those coming. The maximum that can be accommodated is 67, the capacity of the largest available bus.

MENU: FILET OF SALMON simmered in lemon water served cold with cucumber salad and sour cream, followed by strawberries and homemade vanilla ice cream. Water, coffee or tea will be provided. And a cash bar will be available. If you have special dietery requirements, let us know and we'll contact the restaurant.
We've been unsuccessful in finding any websites, in English, that say very much about Uranienborg. There is the Visit Norway site.

In Norwegian, there are:



The stops along the excursion route and their sequence are shown on a Google map.

The National Library of Norway

The Ski Museum

The Frognerseteren Restaurant


NOTE: On February 1, 2017, we learned from the National Library of Norway that a several-day event will be commencing at the Library at noon on Friday. Originally we planned to end the excursion at the Library and with the first stop at Uranienborg.
We have now flipped this around so that the sequence now will be >Library > Ski Museum > Lunch > Uranienborg > Central Oslo > Fram Museum.