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PolhøgdaPolhøgda was the home of the famous Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930), and is located at Lysaker just outside Oslo. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his death. His grave is located in the garden in front of the manor.

> Take a virtual tour of Polhøgda

Nansen's heirs did not want to keep Polhøgda themselves, but wished to see it maintained and in use. Their will was transmitted through a gift deed that was presented to the University of Oslo in 1930:

"It is our condition that this property shall be maintained as a lasting memorial to Fridtjof Nansen, and that it shall serve as a framework for those of his belongings that have public interest. It is, however, not to be used a museum, but utilized in the best way possible for today, as lodgings or place of work, preferably in connection with interests that are close to Fridtjof Nansen’s life and work."

Since 1958, Polhøgda has been home to the independent, non-profit Fridtjof Nansen Institute, which focuses its research on a topic that dominated Nansen's later life: How to solve global and regional problems through international cooperation?

The house, being a place of work, is not open to the general public, but the large garden, including the grave of Fridtjof Nansen, is always accessible.

> Photographs of sights and objects at Polhøgda.

Further information:

Ivar M. Liseter has written a history of Polhøgda (in both English and Norwegian) covering the years from 1897, when Fridjof Nansen bought the land, up until the present:
Polhøgda: From the Home of Fridtjof Nansen to the Fridtjof Nansen Institute / Polhøgda: Fra Fridtjof Nansens bolig til Fridtjof Nansens Institutt.

Many historic photographs of Polhøgda can be found in the National Library of Norway's online database of Nansen-related photographs. (Please note: The Norwegian language database contains more photographs than the English version.)

Visiting address

Fridtjof Nansens vei 17
Lysaker, Norway

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Publications in other languages

Ivar Liseter, Polhøgda i forskningens tegn. Fridtjof Nansens Institutt 1958-2008 ('Polhøgda: A Place of Research. Fridtjof Nansen Institute 1958-2008') . Lysaker, FNI, 2008, 24 p. In Norwegian.

Michal Luszczuk, 'Polhøgda - Instityt Fridtjofa Nansena' ('Polhøgda - Fridtjof Nansen Institute'). Forum Akademickie, No 11, 2009, pp. 43-45. In Polish.

 Recent relevant FNI News

FNI 50 år dag – men feiringen kommer senere ('FNI 50 Years Today – But Celebrations Are for Later'). In Norwegian. (12.05.08)

 Polhøgda in the media

'«Begrav meg under godbjørka mi»' ('Fridtjof Nansen: «Bury me under my favourite birch tree»'). Aftenposten, 26.03.2016. In Norwegian.

'Polfarerens borg' ('The Polar Explorer's Castle'), Budstikka, 12.02.2011. In Norwegian.

'Hyller Eva Nansen' ('Homage to Eva Nansen'), Dagbladet, 7 Mai 2009. In Norwegian.

'Werenskiold på veggen' ('Werenskiold on the Wall'), Glomdalen, 21 June 2006. In Norwegian.

'Minnet statsmannen Nansen' ('The Crown Prince Comemorated Nansen the Statesman'), Stavanger Aftenblad, 13 May 2005. In Norwegian.

Fridtjof Nansen Institute
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