List of Antarctic expeditions

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Terra Australis
Typus Orbis Terrarum drawn by Abraham Ortelius.jpg
Terra Australis is the large continent on the bottom of this 1570 map.

This list of Antarctic expeditions is a chronological list of expeditions involving Antarctica. Although the existence of a southern continent had been hypothesized as early as the writings of Ptolemy in the 1st century AD, the South Pole was not reached until 1911.

Pre-exploration theories[edit]

Pre-19th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

  • 2000-2001- Norwegian Liv Arnesen and the American Ann Bancroft crossed Antarctica on ski-sail from Blue 1 Runaway November 13th reaching after 94 days of expedition McMurdo, passing through the South Pole. [7]
  • 2001/2 - First and longest sea kayak expedition by New Zealanders Graham Charles, Marcus Waters and Mark Jones paddle unsupported from Hope Bay to Adelaide Island in 35 days.
  • 2004 — Scot100 First ever Scottish Expedition to South Pole [8] began in October 2004 - a century after a historic expedition led by William Speirs Bruce, Edinburgh's "unknown" explorer, who Craig Mathieson views as "truly the greatest polar explorer of all time".
  • 2004 — Together to the Pole - a Polish four-man expedition led by Marek Kamiński, with Jan Mela (a teenage double amputee, who in the same year reached also the North Pole)
  • 2004–2005 — Chilean South Pole Expedition.
  • 2004–2005 — Tangra 2004/05 created Camp Academia.
  • 2005 — Ice Challenger Expedition travelled to the South Pole in a six-wheeled vehicle.[9]
  • 2005–2006 — Spanish Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Ramon Larramendi, reached the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility using kite-sleds.[10]
  • 2006 Hannah McKeand sets coast-to-pole solo/unsupported record of 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes[11]
  • 2006-2007 — Jenny and Ray Jardine 57-day ski trek to South Pole [12]
  • 2007 — Pat Falvey leads an Irish team to reach the South Pole, skiing 1140 km only weeks after completing an unsupported Ski traverse of the Greenland Ice Cap in August 2007 in honour of Irish Polar Explorers such as Shakelton and Tom Crean. Clare O'Leary becomes the first Irish female to reach the South Pole.
  • 2007–2008 — Norwegian-U.S. Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica.[13]
  • 2007–2008 — British Army Antarctic Expedition 2007–2008 [14]
  • 2008 — Todd Carmichael sets coast-to-pole solo/unsupported record of 39 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes[15]
  • 2008 — First Venezuelan Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 2008–2009 — Impossible 2 Possible (i2P) unsupported South Pole quest by Ray Zahab, Kevin Vallely and Richard Weber.[16]
  • 2009 — Azerbaijan Scientific Expedition
  • 2009 — Kaspersky Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition, largest and most international group of women to ski to South Pole.
  • 2009 — Second Venezuelan Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 2009−2010 — Unsupported/Unassisted Antarctica Ski Traverse from Berkner Island to South Pole to Ross Sea by Cecilie Skog and Ryan Waters.
  • 2010 — Moon Regan Transantarctic Crossing, first wheeled transantarctic crossing and first bio-fuelled vehicle to travel to the South Pole.[17]
  • 2010 — Third Venezuelan Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 2011 — Fourth Venezuelan Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 2011−2012 — From Novolazarevskaya to Pole of Inaccessibility to South Pole to Hercules inlet by Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair Landry by kites and skis.[18]
  • 2011−2012 — British Services Antarctic Expedition 2012[19]
  • 2011-2012 – Expedition by Ramon Hernando de Larramendi, by Inuit WindSled.[20]
  • 2012 — Felicity Aston becomes the first person to ski alone across Antarctica using only personal muscle power, as well as the first woman to cross Antarctica alone.[21][22] Her journey began on 25 November 2011, at the Leverett Glacier, and continued for 59 days and a distance of 1,084 miles (1,744 kilometers).[23]
  • 2012 — Fifth Venezuelan Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 2012−2013 — Aaron Linsdau becomes the second American to ski solo from the Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. His original plan was to make a round trip but through a series of problems, like all other expeditions this year, was unable to make the return journey.[24]
  • 2012 — Eric Larsen attempts a bicycle ride from coast to South Pole. Completes a quarter of the distance.
  • 2012 — Grant Korgan becomes the first person with a spinal cord injury to literally "push" himself to the geographic South Pole![25][26][27][28][29]
  • 2012−2013 — Shackleton's centenary re-enactment expedition of the journey of the James Caird aboard the replica Alexandra Shackleton. Six British and Australian Explorers completed the "double journey" on 10 February 2013 after the 800-mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the mountain crossing.[30]
  • 2013 — Sixth Venezuelan Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.
  • 2013–2014 — Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere make the first ever completion of the Terra Nova Expedition first taken by Robert Falcon Scott in January 1912. Their 1,801-mile, 105-day return journey to the South Pole is the longest ever polar journey on foot.[31]
  • 2013 — Parker Liautaud and Douglas Stoup attempt in December 2013 the Willis Resilience Expedition [32] to set a "coast to Pole" speed record [33] by reaching the geographical South Pole on skis in the fastest miles per hour ever recorded from an interior of continent start while being followed by a support vehicle.
  • 2013 — Antony Jinman will walk to the South Pole solo for the 2013 ETE Teachers South Pole Mission, during which he will be in daily contact with schoolchildren from across the United Kingdom and will make films using the world's first drone flights at the South Pole.
  • 2013 — Maria Leijerstam becomes the first person to cycle from the Antarctic coast to South Pole. She also set the human powered speed record in 10 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes.
  • 2013−14 — Lewis Clarke (aged 16 years and 61 days) guided by Carl Alvey (aged 30) became the youngest person to trek from the Antarctic coast at Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. His expedition was in support of the Prince's Trust and his achievement is recognised by Guinness World Records.
  • 2013-14 — Married couple Christine (Chris) Fagan and Marty Fagan became the first American married couple (and second married couple in history) to complete a full unguided, unsupported, unassisted ski from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. They join just over 100 people in history who have traveled to the South Pole in this manner. Their expedition took 48 days. Their achievement is recognized by Guinness World Records. Learn more at and A book about the expedition is forthcoming.
  • 2013−14 — Daniel P. Burton completes the first bicycle ride from coast to the South Pole.
  • 2013−14 — Chris Turney led an expedition, entitled "Spirit of Mawson", aimed at highlighting the decline in sea ice due to climate change. The expedition was abandoned when its Russian ship became stuck in unusually large amounts of sea ice.
  • 2013 — In December 2013 the Expeditions 7 Team led by Scott Brady made a successful east-to-west crossing in four-wheel drive vehicles from Novolazarevskaya to the Ross Ice Shelf via the Scott-Amundsen South Pole Station. Expeditions 7’s logistic plan included providing assistance to the Walking With The Wounded expedition, which was required at latitude 88°S. From the Ross Ice Shelf the Expeditions 7 team returned to Novolazarevskaya via the same route.
  • 2015−16 — Henry Worsley died while attempting to complete the first solo and unaided crossing of the Antarctic.[34]
  • 2016−17 — Spear17, a six-man team from the British Army Reserves successfully completed a full traverse of Antarctica. They set off on 16 November from Hercules Inlet, arrived at the South Pole on Christmas Day, and completed a full traverse reaching Ross Ice Shelf on 20 January 2017. The aim of the expedition was to raise the profile of the army reservists, and to honour the memory of fellow explorer Henry Worsley. The team was led by Capt Lou Rudd MBE [35]
  • 2016−17 — February 7 Mike Horn completes first ever solo, unsupported north-to-south traverse of Antarctica from the Princess Astrid Coast (lat -70.1015 lon 9.8249) to the Dumont D'urville Station (lat -66.6833 lon 139.9167) via the South Pole. He arrived at the pole on February 7, 2017. A total distance of 5100 km was covered utilizing kites and skis in 57 days.[36]
  • 2017-2018 - Astrid Forhold (Norway), supported by Jan Sverre Sivertsen, becomes the woman to have skied the longest part of the original Roald Amundsen route from Bay of Whales to the South Pole
  • 2018 - YouTuber and Vice-Host of podcast Hello Internet, Dr. Brady "Hard as Nails" "Posh as Cushions" Haran , made an expedition to Antarctica. In this expedition he won the renowned Iceberg Spotting Competition by being the first man on his vessel to spot an iceberg that was larger than his ship, for this he won a certificate that is framed in his house to this day.[37][38]


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