In 1890, Bentsen passed the navigational exam and since then has
repeatedly sailed as a navigator in the Arctic seas.
He was a member of the expedition F.
Nansen on the "Frame"
in the years 1893-1896. He
was taken on board in Tromso an hour before departure.Initially, he
intended to reach only the Yugorsky Ball, but then he remained until
the end of the voyage and, according to Nansen, turned out to be a
real find. Bentsen
was a master of all trades, always cheerful and tireless
the expedition ended, he headed the tourist house in Advent Bay in
In 1898–99 Bentsen participated in the expedition of W.
Wellman to Franz
Josef Land. In
the autumn of 1898, he stayed for the winter in the expedition’s
food depot on the west coast of
Wilczek Land. A
hut was built for him and his companion, Biervig, from stones, fin
and walrus hides.Bentsen fell ill in November and died on 2 January. Before
his death, he asked his comrade not to bury him until spring, since
it was impossible for one person to do this well, and the grave
could be broken by foxes and bears. Biervig
complied with the will of his friend and for two months he lived in
a hut side by side with a frozen corpse. According
to Wellman, this had virtually no effect on Bierwig’s mental state. He
was only a little nervous and complained of insomnia.
Together, the comrades buried Bentsen on Cape
Geller, Wilczek Land Island.
In 1960, the hydrographs of the
the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route visited here. They
found the hut in a dilapidated state, around it were scattered a lot
of walrus bones. Inside
the hut, polar explorers found a hard drive, cartridges, a lantern,
a teapot, tea in tiles, walrus tusks and floats of red copper, in
which Wellman’s expedition contained food intended for the
expedition to the pole. At
50 meters north of the hut, the hydrographers noticed a small pile
of stones. Carefully
lifting a few stones, we saw the remains of a man. It
was Bentsen. A
well-preserved sweater, long woolen stockings, a blanket in which
the dead person was wrapped, hair on his head. It
was decided to make a reburial.
On the basis of an expedition on Heiss Island, they made a coffin,
an obelisk and a marble slab with the inscription: “Bernt Bentsen
Norge 1899. Expedition on the ship “Fritiof” USA.
expedition of the USSR in 1960". All
this was taken on a boat to Geller Cape, dug a grave near
the former place and carefully lowered the coffin with the remains
into it, saluting glorious Norwegian shots from carbines.
By the 1970s, only a stone foundation was preserved from the
Bentsen and Biervig huts.
the southeast of Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic archipelago.
the west of the island of Wilczek Land
archipelago Franz Josef Land. Opened
and named in the winter of 1933 by employees of the p/st "Silent