Aleingan (Kagoptinner)
Netsilik Inuit
Aleingan (Kagoptinner)
Netsilik Inuit

One of the Netsilik Inuit Amundsen met during the expedition through the Northwest Passage, 1903-06. A tinted photograph of him hangs in Amundsen’s home.

Gustav “Busken” Amundsen
Brother
Gustav “Busken” Amundsen
Brother

Gustav was nicknamed “Busken” at a young age. He was the second oldest of the four Amundsen brothers.

Gustav “Goggen” Amundsen
Nephew, contributor to the establishment of a museum at Amundsen’s home
Gustav “Goggen” Amundsen
Nephew, contributor to the establishment of a museum at Amundsen’s home

“Goggen” was the nephew of Roald Amundsen and played a key role in the opening of Amundsen’s home as a museum

Hanne Henrikke Gustava Amundsen (née Sahlqvist)
Mother
Hanne Henrikke Gustava Amundsen (née Sahlqvist)
Mother

Gustava was the mother of Roald Amundsen and his three brothers.

Jens Engebreth Amundsen
Father
Jens Engebreth Amundsen
Father

Roald Amundsen’s father spent many years at sea. He died on a journey home from England in 1886, when Roald Amundsen was 14 years old.

Jens Ole Antonius “Tonni” Amundsen
Brother
Jens Ole Antonius “Tonni” Amundsen
Brother

Eldest brother, nicknamed “Tonni”, was born in China and was one of the brothers least involved in Roald Amundsen’s expeditions.

Leon Henry Benham Amundsen
Brother
Leon Henry Benham Amundsen
Brother

Leon was two years older than Roald, and played a key role in several of Roald’s expeditions until the brothers split in 1924.

Malfred Fritzner Amundsen
Sister-in-law
Malfred Fritzner Amundsen
Sister-in-law

Malfred was the sister-in-law of Roald Amundsen, and in his will he made her his sole heir.

Nita Kakot Amundsen
Foster daughter
Nita Kakot Amundsen
Foster daughter

The girls Nita and Camilla Carpendale went to Norway and Svartskog together with Amundsen in 1922 where they lived until 1924. The girls called Amundsen “Grandpa”.

Ole Amundsen
Grandfather
Ole Amundsen
Grandfather

Ole Amundsen was the father of Jens Engebreth Amundsen (Roald Amundsen’s father) and his eleven siblings.

Betty Anderson
Nanny
Betty Anderson
Nanny

Betty was one of the key women in Amundsen’s life. She was the nanny when he grew up, and when Amundsen moved to Svartskog, she joined him and moved into the gatehouse, which became “Betty’s house”.

Henryk Arctowski
Polar explorer
Henryk Arctowski
Polar explorer

Geologist, oceanographer and meteorologist, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Eivind Astrup
Polar explorer and role model
Eivind Astrup
Polar explorer and role model

Eivind Astrup became one of the world’s most experienced polar explorers of his time and a great role model for Roald Amundsen. He chose to end his life when only 24 years old.

Andreas Beck
Polar explorer
Andreas Beck
Polar explorer

Ice captain on the Fram expedition. Died aboard Fram in 1914.

Kristine Elisabeth “Kiss” Bennett
Girlfriend
Kristine Elisabeth “Kiss” Bennett
Girlfriend

Roald Amundsen had strong feelings for Kristine Elisabeth “Kiss” Bennett. She visited Uranienborg several times, but even though Amundsen transferred ownership of it to her, she never moved in.

Bernt Johannes Birkeland
Meteorologist
Bernt Johannes Birkeland
Meteorologist

Intended to be meteorologist on the Fram expedition, but withdrew before departure.

Olav Olavsen Bjaaland
Polar explorer
Olav Olavsen Bjaaland
Polar explorer

Took part in the Fram expedition and the sledge journey to the South Pole.

Gilbert Georges Paul Brazy
Mechanic
Gilbert Georges Paul Brazy
Mechanic

French mechanic. Disappeared with Amundsen during the flight with Latham 47.02 in 1928.

Camilla Carpendale
Foster daughter
Camilla Carpendale
Foster daughter

The girls Nita and Camilla Carpendale went to Norway and Svartskog with Amundsen in 1922 and lived there until 1924. The girls called Amundsen “Grandpa”.

Sigrid Flood “Sigg” Castberg
Girlfriend
Sigrid Flood “Sigg” Castberg
Girlfriend

Sigrid Flood Castberg, often called “Sigg”, was one of the women Amundsen had a relationship with. But when Amundsen proposed, she was already married and wanted to wait, and when she was ready he wanted…

Albert Cavelier de Cuverville
Pilot
Albert Cavelier de Cuverville
Pilot

French military pilot. Disappeared with Amundsen during the flight with Latham 47.02 in 1928.

Silas Christofferson
Aviation pioneer
Silas Christofferson
Aviation pioneer

Silas Christofferson was an American aviation pioneer. He took Amundsen into the air with an aeroplane for the first time.

Peter “Don Pedro” Christopherson
Financial supporter and friend
Peter “Don Pedro” Christopherson
Financial supporter and friend

Peter “Don Pedro” Christophersen was a friend and financial supporter of Roald Amundsen. He was part owner of Amundsen’s home from 1924.

Frederick Albert Cook
Polar explorer and close friend
Frederick Albert Cook
Polar explorer and close friend

Cook was a friend and mentor to Amundsen. Best known for claiming to be the first man to the North Pole.

Odd Dahl
Polar explorer and scientist
Odd Dahl
Polar explorer and scientist

Participated in the Maud expedition from 1922-1925.

Émile Danco
Polar explorer
Émile Danco
Polar explorer

Geophysicist, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Leif Ragnar Dietrichson
Polar explorer and pilot
Leif Ragnar Dietrichson
Polar explorer and pilot

Participated in the aircraft expedition to 88 degrees north in 1925. Disappeared with Amundsen during the flight with Latham 47 in 1928.

Antoine Dobrowolski
Polar explorer
Antoine Dobrowolski
Polar explorer

Assistant meteorologist, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Gustave-Gaston Dufour
Polar explorer
Gustave-Gaston Dufour
Polar explorer

Sailor, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Oscar Eliassen
Engineer
Oscar Eliassen
Engineer

An engineer on board Fram, but disembarked before departure from Kristiansand in August 1910.

Lincoln Ellsworth
Close friend and polar explorer
Lincoln Ellsworth
Close friend and polar explorer

Lincoln Ellsworth participated in and financed Amundsen’s expeditions in 1925 and 1926. He later led several of his own polar expeditions.

Ole Engelstad
Navy captain selected as deputy leader of the Fram expedition
Ole Engelstad
Navy captain selected as deputy leader of the Fram expedition

Selected as deputy leader of the Fram expedition, but died during the testing of man-lifting kites in 1909.

Karl Feucht
Mechanic and polar explorer
Karl Feucht
Mechanic and polar explorer

Participated as mechanic during the flight to 88 degrees north in 1925. Worked at the Dornier factory.

Herman Gade
Closest friend
Herman Gade
Closest friend

Amundsen considered Gade his best friend. He was also an important contributor to Amundsen’s home becoming a museum in 1935.

Adrien de Gerlache
Expedition leader
Adrien de Gerlache
Expedition leader

Expedition leader with the Belgica expedition, 1897-99.

Hjalmar Fredrik Gjertsen
Polar explorer
Hjalmar Fredrik Gjertsen
Polar explorer

Second officer and scientific assistant on the Fram expedition

René Cyprien Guilbaud
Pilot
René Cyprien Guilbaud
Pilot

French military pilot. Disappeared with Amundsen during the flight with Latham 47.02 in 1928.

Haakon VII
King of Norway
Haakon VII
King of Norway

King of Norway from 1905-1957

Håkon Hammer
Collaborator
Håkon Hammer
Collaborator

Håkon Hammer met Roald Amundsen in Seattle in 1921. He quickly became a collaborator and supporter, but was later named by Amundsen as one of the reasons for his personal bankruptcy.

Carl Martin Hansen
Polar explorer
Carl Martin Hansen
Polar explorer

Participated as an all-rounder on the Maud expedition in the years 1922-1925.

Godfred Hansen
Polar explorer
Godfred Hansen
Polar explorer

Danish naval officer, deputy leader on Gjøa, 1903-06

Ludvig Anton Hansen
Polar explorer
Ludvig Anton Hansen
Polar explorer

All-rounder and plumber on the Fram expedition.

Helmer Julius Hanssen
Polar explorer
Helmer Julius Hanssen
Polar explorer

Participated in the Gjøa, Fram and Maud expeditions. Was among the chosen ones who reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.

Sverre Helge Hassel
Polar explorer
Sverre Helge Hassel
Polar explorer

Took part in the Fram expedition and the sledge journey to the South Pole. Died in Amundsen’s garden at Svartskog in 1928.

Hjalmar Johansen
Polar explorer
Hjalmar Johansen
Polar explorer

Participant in the Fram expedition and the sledge journey to King Edward VII Land. Was expelled from the polar party after a conflict with Amundsen.

Kakot
Chukchi member of Maud crew
Kakot
Chukchi member of Maud crew

Kakot was a Chukchi and the father of Nita Kakot Amundsen.

Ludvig Hjalmar Johansen Kallevig
Polar explorer
Ludvig Hjalmar Johansen Kallevig
Polar explorer

Sailor, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Engebret Knudsen
Polar explorer
Engebret Knudsen
Polar explorer

Sailor, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Paul Knutsen
Polar explorer
Paul Knutsen
Polar explorer

Participated in the Maud expedition, but left the expedition in 1919, together with Peter Tessem. Both perished. What really happened to them is still unknown.

Johan Koren
Polar explorer and zoologist
Johan Koren
Polar explorer and zoologist

Sailor, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Halvardus Kristensen
Polar explorer
Halvardus Kristensen
Polar explorer

Participant in the Fram expedition and part of the sea party.

Alexander Kutchin
Polar explorer and scientist
Alexander Kutchin
Polar explorer and scientist

Oceanographer on the Fram expedition. Disappeared later during a Russian expedition in the Kara Sea.

Georges Lecointe
Polar explorer
Georges Lecointe
Polar explorer

Captain, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm
Ship’s cook
Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm
Ship’s cook

Participated as expedition cook on the Gjøa expedition 1903-06 and the Fram expedition 1910-12.

Anton Lund
Polar explorer
Anton Lund
Polar explorer

First mate on Gjøa, 1903-06

Elisabeth “Bess” Magids
Girlfriend
Elisabeth “Bess” Magids
Girlfriend

The Alaska Inuit called Elizabeth Magids “Queen of the Arctic”, Amundsen’s crew referred to her as “the mysterious lady”. Amundsen called her “Bess”. She met Amundsen in 1922 and went to live with him…

Maniratcha (Manni)
Netsilik Inuit
Maniratcha (Manni)
Netsilik Inuit

One of the Netsilik Inuit Amundsen met during the expedition through the Northwest Passage 1903-06. A coloured picture of him decorates a window in Amundsen’s home.

Jules Melaerts
Polar explorer
Jules Melaerts
Polar explorer

Third mate, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Louis Michotte
Polar explorer
Louis Michotte
Polar explorer

Cook, Belgica Expedition 1897-99

Fridtjof Nansen
Polar hero, scientist and role model
Fridtjof Nansen
Polar hero, scientist and role model

Polar explorer, international humanist, pioneering naturalist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of Amundsen’s first great role models.

Georg von Neumayer
Scientist
Georg von Neumayer
Scientist

German scientist who taught Amundsen about geomagnetism before the Gjøa expedition.

Thorvald Nielsen
Polar explorer and captain
Thorvald Nielsen
Polar explorer and captain

Captain and deputy leader of the Fram expedition

Umberto Nobile
Airship engineer and polar explorer
Umberto Nobile
Airship engineer and polar explorer

Nobile was the airship engineer whom Amundsen criticized after the expedition in 1926. During the search for his wrecked expedition in 1928, Roald Amundsen disappeared.

Jacob Nødtvedt
Polar explorer
Jacob Nødtvedt
Polar explorer

Blacksmith and second engineer on the Fram expedition, signed off the expedition due to illness in September 1911.

Gennadiy Nikitich Olonkin
Polar explorer
Gennadiy Nikitich Olonkin
Polar explorer

Joined the Maud expedition after visiting the ship in Khabarovsk. Also participated in the Norge expedition, but was left out from the actual voyage across the Arctic Ocean.

Karenius Olsen
Polar explorer and cook
Karenius Olsen
Polar explorer and cook

Cook on the Fram expedition and youngest man on board.

Oskar Omdal
Polar explorer and pilot
Oskar Omdal
Polar explorer and pilot

Participated as a pilot on the Maud expedition, on the N24 and on the airship Norge. Disappeared in a plane crash in 1927.

Onaller
Netsilik Inuit
Onaller
Netsilik Inuit

One of the Netsilik Inuit Amundsen met during the expedition through the Northwest Passage 1903-06. A coloured picture of her hangs in Amundsen’s home.

Christian Theodore Pedersen
Captain, hunter and trader
Christian Theodore Pedersen
Captain, hunter and trader

Experienced trader who lived along the north coast of Alaska. Assisted Amundsen during the Maud expedition.

Fredrik Peterson
Merchant and influential Norwegian in Paris
Fredrik Peterson
Merchant and influential Norwegian in Paris

Norwegian merchant in Paris who arranged for Amundsen to use the French flying boat Latham 47.02 in 1928.

Kristian Prestrud
Polar explorer
Kristian Prestrud
Polar explorer

Participated in the Fram expedition. Led the sledge expedition to King Edward VII Land.

Emil Gheorghe Racoviță (Émile G. Racovitza)
Polar explorer
Emil Gheorghe Racoviță (Émile G. Racovitza)
Polar explorer

Biologist, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen
Pilot and polar explorer
Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen
Pilot and polar explorer

Participated in the aircraft expedition to 88 degrees north in 1925 and the airship expedition in 1926.

Peter Ristvedt
Polar explorer
Peter Ristvedt
Polar explorer

First engineer on board Gjøa 1903-06

Martin Rønne
Polar explorer and sailmaker
Martin Rønne
Polar explorer and sailmaker

Sailmaker who participated in four of Amundsen’s expeditions. Among other things, he sewed the tent that was left at the South Pole in 1911.

Max van Rysselberghe
Polar explorer
Max van Rysselberghe
Polar explorer

Second engineer, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Anders T. Sandvig
Steward
Anders T. Sandvig
Steward

Originally steward on the Fram expedition, but left the expedition in Funchal, Madeira in September 1910.

Kamilla Schiørn
Girlfriend
Kamilla Schiørn
Girlfriend

At Amundsen’s home, there is a pile of love letters from Kamilla Schiørn, written when they were both teenagers.

Adolf Hermann Schröer
Oceanographer
Adolf Hermann Schröer
Oceanographer

Oceanographer aboard the Fram during the North Atlantic cruise in the summer of 1910.

Robert Falcon Scott
Polar explorer
Robert Falcon Scott
Polar explorer

Robert Falcon Scott was a British naval officer and polar explorer. He died on his way home from the South Pole in 1912.

Henri Somers
Polar explorer
Henri Somers
Polar explorer

Chief engineer, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Albert Søiland
Cancer specialist
Albert Søiland
Cancer specialist

Søiland was one of the world’s leading specialists in cancer treatment in the 1920s. Roald Amundsen was one of his patients.

Jørgen Stubberud
Polar explorer and carpenter
Jørgen Stubberud
Polar explorer and carpenter

Took part in Fram expedition. Worked on modernization of Amundsen’s home and on construction of polar ship Maud.

Knut Sundbeck
Polar explorer
Knut Sundbeck
Polar explorer

Sundbeck was an engineer on both the Fram and Maud expeditions.

Harald Ulrik Sverdrup
Polar explorer and scientist
Harald Ulrik Sverdrup
Polar explorer and scientist

Scientific leader of the Maud expedition and later a leading oceanographer.

Søren Marentius Syvertsen
Polar explorer and engineer
Søren Marentius Syvertsen
Polar explorer and engineer

Engineer on Maud from 1922. Died on board of illness in 1923.

Peter Tessem
Polar explorer
Peter Tessem
Polar explorer

Participated in the Maud expedition, but left the expedition in 1919 with Paul Knutsen. Both perished. What really happened to them is still unknown.

Adam Tollefsen
Polar explorer
Adam Tollefsen
Polar explorer

Sailor with the Belgica expedition, 1897-1899.

Emanuel Tønnesen
Polar explorer
Emanuel Tønnesen
Polar explorer

Participated in the Maud expedition, left the expedition in 1920.

Ugpi (Uglen)
Netsilik Inuit
Ugpi (Uglen)
Netsilik Inuit

One of the Netsilik Inuit Amundsen met during the expedition through the Northwest Passage 1903-06. A coloured picture of him decorates a door in Amundsen’s home.

Emile Valette
Radio telegraphist
Emile Valette
Radio telegraphist

French telegraph operator. Disappeared with Amundsen during the flight with Latham 47.02 in 1928.

Jean van Mirlo
Polar explorer
Jean van Mirlo
Polar explorer

Sailor, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Carl-August Wiencke
Polar explorer
Carl-August Wiencke
Polar explorer

Able seaman, Belgica expedition 1897-99

Gustav Juel Wiik
Polar explorer
Gustav Juel Wiik
Polar explorer

Second engineer on Gjøa 1903-06. Died during the expedition.

Oscar Wisting
Friend and polar explorer
Oscar Wisting
Friend and polar explorer

Oscar Wisting was one of Amundsen’s most loyal friends and expedition staff.

Fritz Gottlieb Zapffe
Friend and materials manager
Fritz Gottlieb Zapffe
Friend and materials manager

One of Amundsen’s closest friends and supporters. Visited Svartskog several times.