To mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Norway, as well as the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Royal Norwegian Embassy presented the Parliament of Canada with a special edition of the diaries of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen at the end of May.
More than 100 years ago, the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen became the first to navigate a ship through the Northwest Passage. During the three-year long expedition (1903-1906) Amundsen kept a detailed diary in which he described the enormous efforts he and his crew went through to successfully reach their goal. He also tells the story of the close relationship he developed with the Inuit who lived in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, and how they taught him to live comfortably in Canada’s Arctic.
The Norwegian Embassy is proud to partner with Canada C3, the Canada 150 Signature project which involves a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage by ship, to distribute copies of the book to numerous Northern communities.