The International team became the first to kayak all 1,600 miles of the icy route. They were also the first people to complete the journey using only their own power.
The International team set two world records by kayaking the Arctic Ocean’s treacherous Northwest Passage without the use of sails or engines. The team consisted of four people: one Scottish and three Americans.
The expedition took three months, during which the team had to deal with 15 feet high waves, becoming trapped in ice and coming face to face with a polar bear.
The team followed the same route as Sir John Franklin, whose 1845 expedition ended in disaster: both ships were lost, and all 129 men on board perished.
Voyage through the same waters was only made possible because most of the ice has melted since then. The team started their journey from Baffin Bay, Canada, on July 2 and reached the Beaufort Sea on October 8.
I cannot believe we’ve done it, Scottish adventurer said. Every single day was hard, he added.