A team led by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first to reach the South Pole, in December 1911. Amundsen used sled dogs and mushers to navigate a route to the pole, and his team included expert skiers.

Photograph by Steve Nicklas, NOS, NGS

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Amundsen Reaches South Pole
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On December 14, 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole.

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Encyclopedic entry. The South Pole is the southernmost point on the Earth. It is located on Antarctica, one of the Earth's seven continents.