Finnish South Pole Expedition 2008

The two Finnish adventurers, Kari Poppis Suomela and Pasi Ikonen, are attempting the classic trek between Hercules Inlet and the South Pole, without any outside assistance..


Below are all the news we published about the Finnish South Pole Expedition 2008 expedition

  • The two Finns have reached the Pole!

    Published on 29.12.2008

    The two Finns really stepped on the gas, as it were, during the final days of their adventure. And on 24th December, they reached the Pole.

  • Still over a hundred kilometres to go…

    Published on 22.12.2008

    The two Finns have reached 88 degrees South, where they took their second rest day since beginning their adventure. After that, they set out again for their final assault on the Pole.

  • 300 hours of sunshine

    Published on 18.12.2008

    The Finns were incredibly lucky to have such fine weather for so long. They have also made great progress and are now only about 200 kilometres from the Pole.

  • Stepping up from 11 to 12 hours

    Published on 09.12.2008

    The two Finns have gone up a gear. Since their rest day, they have added another hour of skiing to their daily programme, taking their working day from eleven to twelve hours.

  • A well-deserved first day of rest!

    Published on 05.12.2008

    For the past 7 days, Kari Poppis Suomela and Pasi Ikonen have made good progress, despite the conditions, which have been difficult at times. Morale is good and both of them are very confident.

  • Two degrees of latitude crossed in less than a week!

    Published on 28.11.2008

    Morale is sky-high with Kari Poppis Suomela and Pasi Ikonen as they make "big strides" across the ice, even if they are travelling on skis. Better still, they continue to have the time of their lives!

  • Antarctic garbage collectors

    Published on 19.11.2008

    The two adventurers Suomela and Ikonen are aiming to become the first Finns to reach the South Pole from Hercules Inlet unassisted. They are incredibly well organised and have quickly put their daily routines into place as they make good progress.

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