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Swedish Explorer Johan Ernst Nilson begins North-South Pole expedition

Contributed Photo | BDN
Contributed Photo | BDN
Johan Ernst Nilson

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Marking the anniversary of American Explorer Robert E. Peary expedition to the North Pole, Johan Ernst Nilson, a Swedish explorer known for his climate neutral travels, embarked on a journey Wednesday, April 6, from the northernmost point to the southernmost point of planet earth.

The expedition, titled Climate Neutral — Pole2Pole, also honors Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen, who was first to reach the South Pole in 1911.

Nilson’s journey of some 12,000 miles starts with a 124-mile walk on the Arctic ice of the North Pole to the Svalbard Archipelago in Greenland.  He will then navigate across the Arctic Ocean to Ottawa, Canada, and cycle six months through North and South America, passing through major cities in the United States such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Austin, Texas, to the Amazon Jungle before arriving in Patagonia.  Finally, he will await a two-month journey in Antarctica on skis and a parafoil, to the South Pole.  The expected duration of the expedition is a year.

Nilson has accomplished some 30 excursions across 100 countries, both solo and with a team.  His most-well-known project to-date was his 2008 Seven Summits journey, in which he reached the summits of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, including Mount Everest, Mount McKinley and the Vinson Massif.

Along with his adventures, Nilson seeks to give back to the community, with such charitable involvements as being an Ambassador for International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), MinStoraDag and Swedish PostcodeLottery.

With his first expedition being a result of a wager in 1994 (biking from Stockholm to Morocco in 52 days), Nilson has continuously sought out more ambitious projects.  Today, expeditions require extensive planning and Johan is now focusing on exploring the extreme regions of the globe.

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