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Børge Ousland

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Børge Ousland
Personal information
Birth nameBørge Michael Jangaard Ousland
Born (1962-05-31) 31 May 1962 (age 62)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation(s)Explorer, marinejeger (former), saturation diver
Years active1986–present

Børge Ousland (born 31 May 1962[1]) is a Norwegian polar explorer. He was the first person to cross Antarctica solo.[2]

He started his career as a Norwegian Navy Special Forces Officer with Marinejegerkommandoen, and he also spent several years working as a deep sea diver for the oil industry in the North Sea.

On 4 May 1990 Ousland and Erling Kagge became the first explorers ever to reach the North Pole unsupported, after a 58-day ski trek from Ellesmere Island in Canada, a distance of 800 km.[3]

In 1994, he made the first solo and unsupported journey to the North Pole from Arctic Cape in Russia.[3]

Between 15 November 1996 and 17 January 1997, he became the first in the world to do an unsupported solo crossing of the Antarctic: 1,864 miles from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf to the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.[4][5] The ski journey was made with kite assistance, and also holds the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole, taking just 34 days.[6]

On 22 January 2006, together with Mike Horn he began a journey to the North Pole in full Arctic night, successfully concluded on 23 March.[7]

In September 2010, Ousland's team aboard the trimaran sailboat The Northern Passage completed the circumnavigation of the North Pole. A Russian team aboard the Peter I achieved the same feat in that season. These were the first recorded instances of the circumnavigation of the North Pole without an icebreaker.[8] In December 2011 he traversed Antarctica to the South Pole for the centennial celebration of the first expedition to reach the Pole.

Ousland married at the North Pole in 2012 having been flown in by helicopter with "20 or 30 people".[9]


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  2. ^ "The problem with Colin O'Brady: His tale of crossing Antarctica was riveting. But how much was fiction?". Adventure. 2020-02-03. Archived from the original on February 3, 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  3. ^ a b "Guinness World Records - First people to reach the North Pole".
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2019-01-03). "Opinion | The First Solo Antarctic Traverse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  5. ^ "Crossing of Antarctica 1996-1997". youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22. Retrieved 27 Dec 2014.
  6. ^ "Fastest unsupported (kite assisted) journey to the South Pole taking just 34 days". www.guinnessworldrecords.com.
  7. ^ Borge Ousland and Mike Horn at the Pole: They made it!, ExplorersWeb
  8. ^ Pettersen, Trude. "Around the North Pole in less than three months" Barents Observer, 24 September 2010. Retrieved: 7 August 2012.
  9. ^ Coventry explorer Mark Wood reaches North Pole, BBC News