Polar Stamps 2022

New Issue - Norway "150th Anniversary of the Birth of Roald Amundsen"  3rd January 2022

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Roald Amundsen and Norway have released two stamps to commemorate the event.

In 1910 Amundsen and his crew sailed to Antarctica with the polar ship Fram. Together with four other expedition members, he became the first to reach the South Pole, December 14, 1911 - five weeks ahead of rival Robert F. Scott.

The winner of the race against the South Pole made Amundsen as famous as he was to become to gain support for the activity that was closest to his heart, namely the exploration of the unknown parts of the Arctic.  After the experiences from the first part of the Maud expedition, Amundsen understood that the inner, unknown areas of the Arctic had to be explored by means of aircraft.

In 1926 he flew with Lincoln Ellsworth over the North Pole with the Italian-built airship Norway, led by Umberto Nobile. Amundsen died in 1928 in the vicinity of Bjørnøya while searching by plane for the wrecked expedition to Nobile.

New Issue - British Antarctic Territory Centenary of the Death of Sir Ernest Shackleton  5th January 2022

The British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands and South Georgia & the South
Sandwich Islands have joined together to commemorate the centenary of the death of the great polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922). Shackleton rose to fame in 1915 when his vessel, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and sank. Against all the odds, Shackleton succeeded in getting all his men back to safety, a tale of resolve and
selfless leadership that is celebrated as one of the greatest stories of human endeavour.