Børge Ousland

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Børge Ousland FRSGS (born 31 May 1962[1]) is a Norwegian polar explorer, photographer and writer. 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. In 1994, he made the first solo and unsupported journey to the North Pole from cape Arktichevsky in Russia. As of 2016, that feat has never been successfully repeated. He made the first unassisted Antarctic solo crossing, between 15 November 1996 and 17 January 1997.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] In September 2010, Ousland's team aboard "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.[5] 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".[6]


  1. ^ http://www.ousland.no/about/borge-ousland-explorer-and-adventurer/
  2. ^ "Crossing of Antarctica 1996-1997". youtube.com. Retrieved 27 Dec 2014.
  3. ^ "Fastest unsupported (kite assisted) journey to the South Pole taking just 34 days". www.guinnessworldrecords.com.
  4. ^ Borge Ousland and Mike Horn at the Pole: They made it!, ExplorersWeb
  5. ^ Pettersen, Trude. "Around the North Pole in less than three months" Barents Observer, 24 September 2010. Retrieved: 7 August 2012.
  6. ^ Coventry explorer Mark Wood reaches North Pole, BBC News