Jan-Gunnar and Stein P. flown to the South Pole

To make it in time for the centenary celebration, the two were flown in the last 80 km to the Pole tonight.
Stein P. Aasheim and Jan-Gunnar WintherStein P. Aasheim and Jan-Gunnar Winther earlier on during the expedition. Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute

– We did what we could to make it in time to the Pole for the centenary celebration. Tonight, after several days with just a couple of hours' rest, we realised that it was not possible. In theory it could work, but not physically. This makes the theory irrelevant, says Jan-Gunnar Winther.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Jan-Gunnar Winther will communicate directly via satellite with H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon on 14 December. The Crown Prince attends the national centenary celebration in Tromsø.