The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2017

An international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East will set out to ski the last degree to the North Pole in April 2017. The expedition will face many physical challenges – temperatures down to -40°C, polar bears and shifting pack ice - but the core purpose of the expedition is to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arabian cultures. In addition, the expedition will work to inspire all women to reach beyond the expectation of others to fulfil their own ultimate life ambitions.

The Journey

Video of the Euro-Arabian North Pole Team during their first training expedition, September 2016, Langjokull Glacier in Iceland

The expedition will gather in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (which is part of Norway) and fly to Barneo, a floating base camp located on the Arctic ice. The team will ski from a latitude of roughly 89°N to the Geographic North Pole, covering a distance of 60 nautical miles (approximately 100km) in around ten days. They will sleep on the ice in tents and travel by ski, pulling behind them sledges containing food, fuel and supplies for the entire trip. Estimated date of departure is April 2017.

The Team

The team were recruited through an online application process held on this site. Applications were open to women of all ages, backgrounds and experience from any country in Europe or the Arabian Peninsula. Nearly 1000 women applied.

The team are.....

Felicity Aston, 38, UK - Expedition Leader

Stephanie Solomonides, 32, Cyprus - Team Manager

Susan Gallon, 35, France - Scientist

Birgit Lutz, 41, Germany - Journalist and Arctic Specialist

Lara Al Masri, 46, Jordan - Educator

Lamees Nijem, 26, Kuwait - Designer

Anisa Al Raissi, 32, Oman - Outward Bound Instructor

Asma Al Thani, 27, Qatar - Marketing & Communications Director

Mariam Hamidaddin, 30, Saudi Arabia - Community entrepreneur

Natasa Briski, 42, Slovenia - Journalist

Ida Olsson, 32, Sweden - Kayak and outdoor guide

The Expedition team, September 2016

The Expedition team, September 2016

Maryam Al Ansari, 28, United Arab Emirates - Student

Misba Khan, 47, UK - Finance Officer

The new team has a long journey ahead before we get anywhere near the ice and it makes a big difference to know that there are people out there cheering us on, so please continue to be a friend to the expedition and support us in our aims.....

Follow the team on Twitter @northpole2017

Like the team on Facebook on their page 'The Women's Euro Arabian North Pole Expedition'

And watch the dedicated expedition website evolve as the team progress at www.euroarabianexpedition.com