Børge Ousland is one of todays worlds most experienced polar explorers. Since 1986 he has ventured the North Pole, South Pole, Franz Josef Land, The Northwest passage, and is still doing expeditions to worlds remote corners.
With solo expeditions to both the South- and the North Pole as well as solo crossings of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, from coast to coast, Børge Ousland has firmly established himself as the leading polar explorer of our time.
He started his polar career by crossing Greenland in 1986, while working as a deep-sea diver in the North Sea. In 1993 he decided to challenge the great white silence as a full time explorer. Børge has managed to successfully complete his expeditions, as a result of thorough preparation with emphasis on training, teamwork and development of equipment and nutrition.
While planning new outings to remote places, Børge Ousland makes his living giving lectures, guiding trips, writing books (11 so far) and contributing to films from the wilderness. He has received several international awards for his expeditions, books and films and is one of the few speakers represented by National Geographic Speakers Bureau; a part of the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
2014 (August) Crossing of Spitsbergen glacier in Svalbard as part of the Ice legacy project, with Vince Colliard and 2 other team members.
2013 (November) Crossing the Southern Patagonia icecap, this time as part of the Icelegacy project, together with Vince Colliard and 3 other teammates
2012 (July-August) Crossing Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. (First ski-expedition)
2010 (June-October) Circumnavigation of the North Pole in 4 months, with Thorleif Thorleifsson in the 31 foot trimaran ‘Northern Passage’. (First circumnavigation in one season and a historic feat).
2010, (March) Crossing Vatnajøkelen together with Erling Kagge and Haraldur Ørn Olafsson.
2009, (November) Crossing the Northern Patagonian Ice Field with Bengt Rotmo and Thorleif Nøkleby.
2007, (May-September) In the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen through Franz Josef Land, with Thomas Ulrich.
2006, (January-March) Completing the first ski-expedition during winter months to the North Pole, together with Mike Horn.
2003, (August-October) Crossing the Southern Patagonian icecap from Tortel to Puerto Natales, with Thomas Ulrich.
2003, (March-May) Mount Everest expedition (the South Summit).
2001, (March-May) Solo expedition across the North Pole from Cape Artichesky to Ward Hunt Island, Canada.
1999, (August-September) Ascent of Cho Oyu, Himalaya.
1999, (March) Ascent of Huayna Potosí, Bolivia.
1996–97, (November-January) Solo expedition across the Antarctic continent.
1995, (November-December) Solo expedition to the South Pole.
1994, (March-April) Solo expedition to the North Pole. (First unsupported solo ski-expedition)
1993, (April) Through Franz Josef Land with Agnar Berg.
1990, (March-May) The North Pole with Erling Kagge and Geir Randby. (First unsupported ski-expedition)
1986, (March-May) Crossed Greenland with Agnar Berg and Jan Morten Ertsaas.