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!
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:
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.
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.
Photos and content from this post were mentioned at:
- RÚV – Vilborg bíður eftir flugi til Síle
- Explorer’s Web – South Pole ski: Iceland’s Vilborg Arna Gissurardottir at the Pole