The Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018

An international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East set out to ski the last degree to the North Pole in April 2018. The expedition faced many physical challenges – temperatures down to -38°C and shifting pack ice - but the core purpose of the expedition was to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arabian cultures. In addition, the expedition inspired many women to reach beyond the expectation of others to fullfil 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 gathered in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (which is part of Norway) and flew to Barneo, a floating base camp located on the Arctic Ocean sea ice. The team skied from a latitude north of 89°N to the Geographic North Pole, covering a distance of 80km in seven days. They slept on the ice in tents and travelled by ski, pulling behind them sledges containing food, fuel and supplies for the entire trip.

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 were.....

Felicity Aston, 40, UK - Expedition Leader

Stephanie Solomonides, 34, Cyprus - Finance Professional

Susan Gallon, 36, France - Scientist

Lamees Nijem, 27, Kuwait - Designer

Anisa Al Raissi, 33, Oman - Outward Bound Instructor

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

Mariam Hamidaddin, 31, Saudi Arabia - Community entrepreneur

Natasa Briski, 43, Slovenia - Journalist

Ida Olsson, 33, Sweden - Kayak and outdoor guide

The Expedition team, September 2016

The Expedition team, September 2016

Misba Khan, 49, UK - Finance Officer


Follow the teams experience on Twitter @northpole2018

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

And explore the dedicated expedition website at

A feature-length film of the expedition is currently being created with the intention of a 2019 release….watch out for news!