In 1916 the Maud sailed away from the shores of Asker and headed for Alaska through the Northeast Passage. The trip took more than six years to complete, with the Maud cutting through the ice deeper and reaching for the North pole closer than other vessels before her. Her only official aim was to collect scientific data, much of which was later lost.
The trip, where the ship was frozen three times into the ice cap and which made Amundsen bankrupt transformed him and the crew, many of which abandoned the quest before it was completed, both physically and mentally .
There was no glory, no gain, and no pride left. But this trip illustrated the bedrock upon which humanity is built, the body of the iceberg under the tip of success and fame.