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Icelandic Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir Completes Her Epic Trek To The South Pole

For the past 60 days, Icelandic Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir has been skiing from Union Glacier, across the Antarctic continent, towards the south pole, alone and unsupported. And yesterday, with a huge smile on her face, she made it successfully to the pole, making her the first Icelandic woman to complete the trek solo.

Congratulations Vilborg!

Vilborg arrived at the South Pole on January 17th, 101 years after Robert Scott and his team, and 60 days after she has started out from Hercules Inlet (80°S). She became the first person from Iceland, man or woman, to ski a full route from the coast to the South Pole.

In 1995-96 Icelanders Ólafur Örn Haraldson, his son Haraldur Örn Ólafson, and Ingþór Bjarnason skied to the South Pole starting from Patriot Hills, an inland position 1084 km from the Pole.

After the 60 day and 1,140-kilometers long journey, Vilborg treated herself to a meal of potatoes and bacon.

"I want to thank everyone for all of their support, warm regards, participation in Lifsspor charity on Facebook and last, but not least, contribution to the charity", Vigdís wrote on her blog.

 

Iceland, Icelandic, South Pole, Vilborg Arna Gissurardottir

 

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:16

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