Team of explorers on a historic Arctic expedition


Fiann Paul (IS)

Head of the project, Captain, Skipper, Stroke

Team: Polar Row I & Polar Row II

Icelandic athlete and artist Fiann Paul is uniquely qualified to lead this project. A career-long ocean rower, Fiann holds the title of “Fastest Ocean Rower”, was the first person to simultaneously hold overall speed records for the fastest rowing across all 3 major oceans. Upon completion of this expedition, he will become the first person to row 4 oceans, the first person to hold speed records on 4 oceans.



Alex Gregory MBE (UK)

Manager, Second Skipper, Stroke

Team: Polar Row II

Alex Gregory is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist from the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Coxless Four and holds 5 World Championship titles. Alex was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2013 New Year’s Honours list for services to rowing and was named “Olympic Athlete of the Year” at the GB Rowing Team’s awards in 2015. Recognised globally for his impressive achievements in the world of rowing, Alex has been featured endlessly in the international press from BBC News to Men’s Health Magazine. Alex shows his passion for adventure as a patron of the British Exploring youth charity and as a father of three young children he is passionate about inspiring the young.




Tathagata Roy (IN)

Second Skipper, Stroke, Mechanic, Engineer

Team: Polar Row I



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Danny Longman, PhD (UK)


Team: Polar Row II

Danny received his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Cambridge. His current research with the ADaPt Project utilises ultra-endurance challenges to enhance knowledge of our adaptive capabilities. Danny has played a number of sports to a high level, with achievements including reaching a UK athletics age-group top 2 ranking over 100m, being a member of the GB Canoe Squad, and being elected Vice President of the Cambridge University Boat Club to compete against Oxford University.  He is also a keen adventurer, being part of the 2009 Artemis crew attempting to break the Atlantic record where his crew averaged 100+ nautical miles a day. More recently, Danny completed a 6-month unsupported cycle expedition from Mexico City to Ushuaia, Argentina through diverse and tough terrains.



Jeff Willis (UK)

Manager, Rower

Team: Polar Row I

Jeff has been involved in solo and team sporting achievements for over 30 years including rugby, boxing, marathons, and open water and ocean swimming. Jeff played for a number of clubs including W-S-M & O.A's. Jeff then coached at Harpenden (H.R.F.C), and became a Vice President of the club. Jeff is a driven and competitive person and maintains his high levels of fitness through endurance training, rowing and CrossFit.



Carlo Facchino (USA)

Mechanic, Engineer, Rower

Team: Polar Row I & Polar Row II

An ultra endurance athlete and four-year varsity rower at U.C. Davis, Carlo proved himself in the world of ocean rowing as part of a four person crew that took first place overall in the 2016 Great Pacific Race. A former collegiate rowing coach at both U.C. Davis and Santa Clara University, Carlo now owns and operates the Mermaid Series, a women's triathlon and running race series. Carlo's athletic accomplishments include the 115-mile CPR Row in a double, the Leadville 100-mile Run, 4 ultra-marathons (50+ miles), a 508-mile solo bike race (Furnace Creek 508), and 8 Ironman triathlons.



Tyler Carnevale (USA)

PR, Sponsorship, Logistics, Rower

Team: Polar Row II

An endurance athlete with an extensive history in distance running, Tyler has summited Indonesia’s Mount Agung (3,031 m) and completed Peru’s Salkantay Trek (75 km) reaching 4,650 meters in elevation through arduous terrain both in record times. Tyler has an accomplished past in the sport of wrestling and played rugby for the University of Maryland.



Tor Wigum (NOR)


Team: Polar Row I

Tor was a rower in a Norwegian National team. As an ocean rower he rowed the whole coast of Norway (Lindesnes to the North Cape) in a traditional wooden boat. He completed several long kayak, cycling and skiing trips, including a Greenland crossing on skis. Today, Tor is a PHD-student at the faculty of law, at the University of Tromsø. 



Sam Vye (UK)


Team: Polar Row II

Samuel Vye is a British Exploration Geologist who has experience in remote challenging environments around the world. Sam started rowing at 13 years old and has enjoyed vast success in river racing and coastal regattas. A keen sailor, he has also completed a Pacific Ocean crossing by yacht as part of a 3 man crew. Recently, Sam enjoys competing in CrossFit with several wins already under his belt.




Sir Steve Redgrave CBE 


Regarded as one of Britain's greatest-ever Olympians, Sir Steve Redgrave won five gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 - 2000 and is the most successful rower in Olympic history.



Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson


Geophysicist and filmmaker Ari Trausti has traveled widely in the Arctic




Michel Meulnet


Michel is the world's most experienced router guiding man power expeditions in the Arctic.





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Kenton Cool


Kenton Cool is one of the world's leading high-altitude climbers and has summited Mount Everest no less than twelve times. He is a highly respected expedition guide known the world over and on Everest holds the highest success rate of any mountain guide.



Eygló R. Agnarsdóttir


Personal trainer, Health Academy owner, entrepreneur and activist.