Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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Birthday
3, 1879
Birthplace
Gimli, Canada
Death Date
Aug 26, 1962 (82)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
3, 1879
Birthplace
Gimli, Canada
Death Date
Aug 26, 1962 (82)

About

Polar explorer who challenged many of the conventions about the North Pole.

Before Fame

He spent a winter living with the Inuit people and learning their culture.

Trivia

Instead of thinking of the North Pole as a frozen wilderness with uncivilized natives, he called it the Polar Mediterranean where three continents joined together.

Family Life

His parents were Icelandic immigrants to Canada.

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Previous arctic explorers like Joseph Rene Bellot ignored the people of the land, but Stefansson studied them.

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