In summer 1918, the Maud sails from Norway towards the Northeast passage. On board are Amundsen, Oscar Wisting, Harald U. Sverdrup, Knut Sundbeck, Peter Tessem (d. 1919), Helmer Hanssen, Paul Knudsen (d. 1919), Martin Rønne, Emanuel Tønnesen and Genadij Olonkin.
In 1920, Roald takes the young polar bear, Marie, on board, but after only a month, she is killed. She was later stuffed and taken to Uranienborg.
Two Inuit girls, Camilla and Kakonita, come on board in 1921 while the Maud is in East Siberia. In May, Amundsen leaves the Maud and travels with the two girls to Nome, Alaska. They spend the rest of the year in Seattle.