Sailing around the North Pole

Norwegian adventurer and polar explorer Børge Ousland

Norwegian adventurer and polar explorer Børge Ousland

Norwegian adventurer and polar explorer Børge Ousland and his friend Thorleif Thorleifson have begun a voyage which they hope will take them through both the North East  and the North West Passage.

They left Oslo this week on board their 30-foot trimaran to begin a trip which will first take them north along the coast of Norway, before they set course east, along the northern coast of Siberia, through the North East Passage.

The next stage takes them through the North West Passage along te coast of Canada west of Greenland, before they head across the North Sea back to Norway sometime in October.

If they succeed, they will be the first to sail through the two passages in the same season.

It is made possible by the shrinking Arctic sea ice.

– This is the most visible evidence of the climate changes, says Ousland.

Source: Norway Post

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