Below, you can read about the historic events that helped shape Bancroft Arnesen Explore

Arctic Ocean 2005

In February 2001, world-class polar explorers and former schoolteachers Ann Bancroft (48, Scandia, Minn.) and Liv Arnesen (50, Oslo, Norway) captivated millions of people worldwide as they fulfilled their childhood dream and became the first women to ski across Antarctica.

On March 11, 2005 Bancroft and Arnesen set out to attempt another first for women; an approximate 1,240-mile (1,996-km) ski and ski-sail crossing of the mostly frozen Arctic Ocean. The journey was an attempt to traverse across the Arctic Ocean during the Arctic’s “spring” season. They planned to begin the journey in late February 2005 in Cape Arktichesky on Severnaya Zemlya in Russia, to cross over the geographic North Pole, and end at Ward Hunt Island, Canada in early June. Read more

Arctic Ocean 2007


A Call to Action.

For more than 20 years, world-renowned polar explorers and educators , Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen have made history and inspired millions skiing and ski-sailing over ice in the extreme cold of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But March, 2007, they set out on a new expedition across the Arctic Ocean, their primary goal was not to make history, but to change the future. Bancroft and Arnesen set forth to use their 75-day journey to raise awareness among kids on global warming’s impact on the fragile Arctic, and – in particular – help young people understand how they can help prevent further climate change. Read more