The clothing and equipment used on these daring expeditions in comparison to what we now have in the way of technology make it practically unfathomable how they survived for the two or three years of each of these voyages.
Truly heroes all but Fridtjof Nansen, not resting on his laurels as a scientist and explorer, played a prominent part in amicably dissolving the union between Sweden and Norway. Again, after World War I, he lead worldwide relief effort in the Soviet Union. Using his power of influence he put all his energies into matters pertaining to international law and issues regarding refugees. In 1922, Fridtjof Nansen was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his untiring humanitarian efforts.