September 2017

    Setting Records in the Arctic with Expedition Polar Row

    This July, in the spirit of exploration, research, and philanthropy, an international team set out to row from Trømso to Svalbard, further North to the permanent Arctic ice cap, before turning South to Iceland. Without the assistance of sails or engines, they set multiple official Guinness world records.



    The team was comprised of British rowing medallist Alex Gregory, Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, Fiann Paul, Danny Longman, Carlo Facchino, Sam Vye, Tyler Carnivale, Tor Wiggum, Roy Tagatha and Jeff Willis. Polar Row sailed under the coveted Explorer Flag and worked to raise money to build a school in the Himalayas.

    Polar Row’s expedition ended on the island of Jan Mayan on August 19th. Unfortunately, rough weather forced the expedition to seek refuge on this small Norwegian Island. “After around seven days of tough seas and with failing power supplies we made the decision to head for Jan Mayen . . . I was hurting, I had been scared, I was worried about safety but I was happy.” Gregory said to The Times UK, he had never been so deprived of sleep.



    There’s probably no real way for the average person to understand the feeling of rowing across the Arctic. But this photo of Alex Gregory’s hands after being soaked, frozen, and exhausted helps us to imagine the insane pain that accompanied his journey. We’re glad that they made it home safe and sound.



    11 World Records

    POLAR ROW I : TROMSØ – LONGYEARBYEN: July 20, 2017 – July 30, 2017

    • Northernmost latitude ( 78°15’20” ) reached by a rowing vessel
    • Fastest crossing of the Arctic Ocean
    • First people to row the Arctic Ocean South to North
    • Biggest crew to row in the Arctic (5)


    • First to row 4 oceans
    • First to hold current speed records on 4 oceans

    POLAR ROW II and III : LONGYEARBYEN – ICE SHELF, ICE SHELF – JAN MAYEN: August 8, 2017 – August 21, 2017

    • Northernmost departure point ( 78°13′ )
    • Northernmost latitude ( ice shelf edge – 79°55’50” )
    • Biggest crew to row in the Arctic (6)


    • First to row the Arctic Ocean both directions
    • Polar Row became the most record breaking man power expedition and

    Fiann Paul became the most record breaking Ocean Rower.


    • Longest open water row in the Arctic

    Records can be verified on the Official Guinness Adjudicators website.

    Helly Hansen is proud to support the Polar Row’s expedition. To learn more or contribute to their cause, visit