The Polar Row will be a world first
and the most record-breaking manpower team in history
In July 2017, a crew of International rowers will carry the coveted Explorer’s Club flag on a historic Arctic expedition consisting of two equally demanding rows. Among the Guinness World Records that the crew aims to attain are some historic and pioneering firsts. The first row will take the crew from Tromsø, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard and will be the first recorded row across the Norwegian Sea. The second leg will see the the team depart from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Siglufjörður, Iceland which will be the first recorded row across the Greenland Sea. The project itself will be in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and will include the Polar Row philanthropy project of building a school in the Himalayas. Follow the crews progress via our live tracker.
- July 14, 2017: Arrive in Tromsø and begin preparing for departure over the next few days with the crew
July 20, 2017: Depart from Tromsø, Norway en route to the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard
August 05, 2017: Arrive in Longyearbyen where the crew will spend 2 nights to prepare and make crew changes for the second row to Iceland
August 07, 2017: Depart from Longyearbyen en route to Iceland’s northernmost town of Siglufjörður
September 01, 2017: Arrive in Siglufjörður, Iceland as our final destination point for the expedition
VEGVÍSIR - WAYFINDER
Icelandic magical stave, Vegvísir will lead the Polar Row crew to Svalbard, the land of Polar Bears and next to the Northern shore of Iceland, where Vegvísir was first found.
According to the archaic Icelandic manuscripts, "if this sign is carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known".
According to the iconography of Inuit Pacific Northwest Coast Tribes polar bear is a totemic guardian of strength.
Before embarking on his first polar expedition Fridtjof Nansen needed to be told many important things. The one he had the biggest difficulty in accepting was that he was not a polar bear.