Icelandic Skier Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir Completes Her Epic Trek To The South Pole

Jeffrey Donenfeld Travel and Adventure, Trips 5 Comments

For the past 60 days, Icelandic skiier Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir has been skiing from Union Glacier, across the Antarctic continent, towards the south pole – alone, unsupported. And yesterday, with a huge smile on her face, she made it successfully to the pole, making her the first Icelandic woman to complete the trek solo. Congratulations Vilborg!

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During her adventure, she maintained an excellent blog (in Icelandic), which she updated in the field with the help of an Iridium satellite phone and a fantastic ground crew. Read her complete adventure blogg.

Here she is at the South Pole Station Comms Office pointing out where she started her journey:

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I was fortunate enough to be able to greet her as she skied up to the ceremonial south pole, and then showed her around the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for a bit. She was in great spirits, and seemed to be doing very well, considering her long journey.

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Vilborg camped out at the south pole for one night at the NGO camp, and this morning got picked up, along with 4 skiers from South Africa in a twin otter.

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Comments 5

  1. Richard Lowell

    SO VERY COOL! WHAT A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. THE CITIZENS OF ICELAND TREATED ME SO WELL WHEN I DID A KAYAK/SKI MOUNTAINEERING TRIP TO ICELAND. I HAVE SO ENJOYED FOLLOWING VILBORG’S PROGRESS. CONGRATULATIONS!

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