Cape Adare, Antarctica: Norway’s most historic polar site
Few countries can match Norway’s long and proud polar history.
There are few sites anywhere in the world that hold such important Norwegian history as Cape Adare in Antarctica – the site of a string of Norwegian “firsts”.
Antarctica is the only continent where the first human dwellings still stand – a Norwegian building. Cape Adare is the site of;
The first confirmed landing on the Antarctic continent. It was a Norwegian.
The first buildings to be constructed on the Antarctic continent. A Norwegian building.
The first wintering over on the Antarctic continent. A Norwegian led expedition.
The first grave on the Antarctic continent. Sadly a Norwegian.
A major professional conservation programme led by the New Zealand based charitable organisation Antarctic Heritage Trust has now begun. Preparatory work to save the forgotten site at Cape Adare has been funded by the New Zealand Government, The Getty Foundation in the USA and from private donations.
In December 2011, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visited Antarctica to commemorate Roald Amundsen’s attainment of the South Pole. During the trip he visited Captain Scott’s Cape Evans expedition base and saw the Trust’s conservation work first-hand. The Prime Minister publicly announced funding for the Trust’s work at Cape Adare and through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Government has made a major contribution of NOK4 million towards the conservation work required to save the site.
But the survival of this icon of Norwegian polar heritage still depends on Norwegian support. NZ$2.2M is needed to complete the conservation work to save this site and its contents for future generations.
The task ahead is challenging but exciting and a Conservation Plan to save Norway’s forgotten heritage has now been prepared for the buildings and their contents.
A complete version of the Conservation Plan for Cape Adare is also available in hard copy (colour) or on CD. Click here to download an order form.
Very interesting information on some of the other conservation work being undertaken by the Antarctic Heritage Trust at the historic sites of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expeditions can be found on the website of the Natural History Museum, London.
If you would like to financially assist to conserve this important Norwegian heritage you can donate online via the Trust's Secure Card System.
This site is already recognised internationally as a significant historic site and as the result of initiatives by Antarctic Heritage Trust it is now registered in the Antarctic Treaty System as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area - the highest level of protection available under the terms of the Treaty.