All-female EuroArabian Polar expedition comprising women from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Slovenia, Sweden, France, Cyprus, Russia and the UK. The expedition, which mostly includes first-time polar adventurers, will be led by veteran polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE
The team will spend 10 days on the shifting pack ice of the Arctic Ocean attempting to ski roughly
100km over the treacherous terrain to reach the Geographic North Pole, the top of the world. If
successful many of the women will be the first person from their country to ski the last degree to
the Geographic North Pole.
‘We want to send a strong and positive message about gender equality during and the need for
greater cultural understanding,’ says expedition leader Felicity Aston MBE. ‘The world is facing global
problems – such as climate change – that can only be tackled with global solutions. That requires
everyone talking to each other more.’
In 2012 Aston became the first person in the world to ski across Antarctica alone and without the aid
of kites, machines or dogs – a journey of 1744km that took her 59 days to complete.
The Euro-Arabian team will be sleeping in tents on the ice when they are not skiing, and will haul in
sledges everything they need to survive in the Arctic. As well as the perils of temperatures as low as
minus 40C, other hazards the team will face include movements of the pack ice that may split apart
to reveal open water or push together to form walls of ice that have to be crossed. There is also the
threat of predatory polar bears.
The team departed the remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in the early hours of 15 th April. From
where they flew to the floating ice station known as ‘Barneo’ and started their ski journey across the
Arctic pack ice to the North Pole. Preparations for the expedition have been ongoing for nearly two
years including training expeditions in Iceland and Oman.
The team will be conducting two important science experiments during the expedition and will be
sharing their experiences live from the ice with schools and via social media. For updates please see
the expedition website www.euroarabianexpedition.com
The expedition is sponsored by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, as well as Engie, Poseidon
Expeditions, OmanTel and I Feel Slovenia
Notes for editors:
Interviews with team members is possible after the expedition as well as live from the ice via
satellite phone. Contact the expedition through firstname.lastname@example.org to book a
scheduled satellite phone call with the team.
High resolution images are available
About the expedition’s sponsors Kaspersky Lab:
Having sponsored two of Aston’s previous polar adventures – the Kaspersky Commonwealth
Antarctic Expedition in 2009, and the Kaspersky ONE Transantarctic Expedition in 2011 – the
cybersecurity company was keen to announce its support of her latest endeavour: the first ever all-
women Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition.
Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky – who will fly to the North Pole to meet and congratulate the
women upon their arrival – said the company was proud to continue its support of inspiring female
adventurers like Aston and her team.
“For me, arctic adventuring isn’t just an exciting challenge, it’s a powerful motivation. People like
Felicity and her team – determined and passionate – genuinely inspire me. They’re also role models
for the younger generation – they help them to really go after what they want in life.”
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