Liv Arnesen

Liv Arnesen: The Adventurer

Born: June 1, 1953

Bærum, Akershus, Norway

The Start:

Liv (pronounced ‘leave’) Arnesen’s rich life experiences, both on and off the ice, have made her an internationally recognized leader and role model for women and girls. A self-proclaimed ‘keen’ but not fanatical outdoors enthusiast, Arnesen is most interested in the development of adults and children. Through her diverse roles as a polar explorer, educator and motivational leader, Arnesen inspires others to reach beyond their normal boundaries and achieve their dreams by sharing her own stories about exploring the most remote places on earth.


  • 1992: Arnesen leads the first unsupported women’s crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap.
  • 1994: Arnesen makes international headlines by becoming the first woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported to the South Pole – a 50-day expedition of 745 miles (1,200 km).
  • 1996: Arnesen climbs the north side of Mount Everest, getting to within 6,200 ft (1,900 m) of the summit before altitude sickness forces her to descend.
  • 1999: “Diploma of Honor,” awarded by The Russian Geographic Society
  • 2001: “Woman of the Year,” awarded by Glamour Magazine
  • 2001: “Achievement Award,” awarded by the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce
  • 2001: Named a Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame “Trailblazer”
  • 2001: Arnesen and American polar explorer Ann Bancroft become the first women in history to sail and ski across Antarctica’s landmass – completing a 94-day, 1,717-mile (2,747 km) trek.
  • 2004: Arnesen signs the American Geographical Society’s Flier’s and Explorer’s Globe.
  • 2008: “Women of Discovery Courage Award,” awarded by WINGS

Liv’s expeditions have been followed by:

  • BBC
  • CNN
  • National Public Radio
  • NBC Nightly News
  • NBC’s Today Show
  • TIME Magazine
  • National GeographicLiv celebrates at the South Pole
  • Vogue
  • People Magazine
  • USA Today
  • Ms. Magazine
  • McCall’s
  • Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Outside
  • Sports Illustrated
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • TIME for Kids