The Vikings were famous for their spirit of exploration, and that tradition continued well into the 19th and 20th centuries with voyages and treks to the Arctic and Antarctic. Nordic Northwest will celebrate that spirit of exploration with an exhibit that comes to the Beaverton area, via the Norwegian Embassy, from the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway.
The collection, called "Norway and the United States — Partners in the Polar Regions," traces the adventurous history of joint efforts by Norway and the United States to conquer "the unknown" in the harsh and mysterious polar regions. The exhibit, which includes 60 panels of historic photos, maps, drawings and text, runs from June 15 to Sept. 14 and is free and open to the public at Nordic Northwest's cultural center Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road in Garden Home.
When you look into the history of polar expeditions, there are numerous examples of how Norwegians and Americans worked together through immense hardship and frigid climates to discover new land and lay the foundation for modern polar science. Names like Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen, Robert Perry and Richard Byrd are written into history as heroes and legends, and still inspire awe in those who hear their stories. Using ships, sleds, dogs, horses, planes and pure strength and determination, these explorers refused to let the harsh conditions of freezing cold and unending stretches of ice and snow deter them. Many lives were lost but a new understanding of our world emerged because of their efforts.
The exhibit will be accompanied by other activities including a lecture about polar bears by Don Moore, executive director of the Oregon Zoo; both documentary and feature films; and special receptions. Partners in the Polar Regions is sponsored by FjÍllrÍven, a Swedish company that specializes in outdoor and adventure wear.