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Antarctic teams struggle to reach South Pole

2011-12-13 20:07

Oslo - Roald Amundsen's feat of reaching the South Pole on skis 100 years ago is proving a tough act to follow for some polar adventurers trying to get there in time to celebrate the centennial of the Norwegian pioneer's expedition.

Fierce, icy winds have delayed some of the teams heading for the South Pole for the anniversary celebration on Wednesday.

Some explorers gave up and were picked up by airplane so to they could make it in time for the ceremony, according to their blogs and the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Others including Norwegian cross-country great Vegard Ulvang and adventurer Boerge Ousland were still hoping to make it.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Stoltenberg flew to Antarctica on Monday to attend the ceremony.