Fram ("Forward") is a ship that was used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, Oscar Wisting, and Roald Amundsen between 1893 and 1912. It was designed and built by the Scottish-Norwegian shipwright Colin Archer for Fridtjof Nansen's 1893 Arctic expedition in which the plan was to freeze Fram into the Arctic ice sheet and float with it over the North Pole.

Fram is said to have sailed farther north (85°57'N) and farther south (78°41'S) than any other wooden ship. Fram is preserved at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway.


TitlePublication DateDescriptionLink
Fram (webpage from Wikipedia) A short article on the Fram Link
Nansen's Fram expedition (webpage from Wikipedia) A starred article about the expedition Link


Contract signed to built the Fram 1891-06-09
Launching of the Fram 1892-10-06
Nansen's Fram Expedition sets out 1893-06-24
Fram returns from Nansen's expedition 1896-09-09
Fram sets sail for Funchal 1910-08-09
Fram reaches Hobart 1912-03-07


NameBegin DateEnd DateStart Head CountEnd Head Count
Nansen's Fram expedition 1893 1896 12 12
Amundsen's South Pole expedition 1910 1912 19


Eurasian Plate
Larvik, Norway


NameDate of BirthDate of DeathShort Biography
Colin Archer 18321921a Norwegian naval architect and shipbuilder from Larvik, Norway. He was known for building safe and durable ships including the Fram used in both Fridtjof Nansen's and Roald Amundsen's polar expeditions.


NameDate of BirthDate of DeathShort Biography
Fridtjof Nansen 18611930a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Operated By

NameDate of BirthDate of DeathShort Biography
Roald Amundsen 18721928a Norwegian explorer of polar regions