1912-14, the South Pole dog Obersten, photographs
Obersten (The Colonel) was one of three Greenland Dogs who came back to Norway after the Fram expedition. Obersten was the only one of these who in addition had been on the sledge journey all the way to the Pole, when he was part of Oscar Wisting‘s team.
After they arrived in Norway, Obersten and the other dogs lived for a time at Amundsen’s home in Svartskog, but during summer 1914 Obersten moved to Wisting’s home in Horten. When Obersten died is not known, but it was probably during 1919-20.
When the Ski Museum at Frognerseteren (today’s Holmenkollen) was to be established, Obersten’s skin was recovered and stuffed. Obersten is now on display at the Ski Museum in front of the tent and equipment from the South Pole expedition.
These photographs of Obersten and several of Amundsen’s other dogs were found in a chest at Uranienborg in 2015.