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 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 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
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