Swimming 3.9 km
in ice water
Biking 180 km
in ice and snow
Running 42.2 km
on the glacial surface
Not aN official race.
Not a competition.
just AN ORDINARY guy.
Achieving the extraordinary.
The iceman expedition
Feb 2, 2020
-15 to -5 °C
-2 to 1 °C
The Iceman is a one-time event, which we plan to utilise to promote public awareness of Climate Change and the vulnerable nature of the Antarctic Environment.
We ensure that the aesthetic, wilderness and environmental values of Antarctica are being upheld. We adhere to the widely accepted principle of 'leave no trace'. The expedition will have a minor and transitory effect on Antarctica.
All safety precautions are taken and are being tested prior to the expedition. The team includes some of the most experienced people, when it comes to expeditions in Antarctica.
All necessary authorisations are obtained to carry out the expedition.
Stringent safety precautions during the swim to mitigate the risk of attack by a leopard seal, one of Antarctica’s top-ranked predators.
The swim will take place in waters down to minus 2 degrees Celsius. Despite the use of a wetsuit the cold ocean water will penetrate the suit.
Finding the ideal bike setup depending on the snow versus ice conditions. The more snow, the slower the bike, while requiring more effort to move forward.
How we set the route at Portal Point, and how long especially the bike and run laps will be to ensure proper safety is in place, but also so it is logistically feasible.
Approx. €400.000 is necessary for carrying out the entire project to the desired extend. Half of this amount is dedicated to the Antarctica expedition, primarily due to the high traveling costs.
TIMELINE & MILESTONES
Timeline of the largest completed and upcoming milestones of the project.
The idea came following watching the documentary “The Jump” about Nick Jacobsen and his kite jump from the top of the iconic 321-metre-high Burj Al Arab in Dubai. This led Anders to think, what he could do within triathlon that would be just as crazy, perceived impossible and a ‘first’ - the idea of becoming the first versus becoming the best. He considered whether an Ironman triathlon had been completed in all continents. Antarctica was the only one remaining and after a few people had told him that it would be impossible, he knew that was what he had to do and the limitations are only perceptions dream was born.
June 13, 2018
On a late summer night in June, Anders did a kickoff video to make it publicly known that he wanted to prove that limitations are perceptions of what we can achieve by completing the first Iceman.
polar circle marathon
oct 25-29, 2018
Anders finished third in 3:22:20 at the World’s coolest marathon, the Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland, which was not only his first marathon, but also the first proper test and preparation for the Iceman in regards to the physical impact and equipment when running in extreme and cold conditions.
First media exposure
NOV 21-24, 2018
Following the Polar Circle Marathon we got the first media exposure. It all started with a portrait interview for Danish Radio that was recorded during and after one of the running sessions in a cooling container. The portrait went live on November 21, and following the portrait, we were invited to live national radio, where Anders guested Go’Morgen at P3, and also live national television for an interview at Go’ aften Danmark at TV2.
ICELAND SWIM & BIKE TESTS
JAN 5-11, 2019
The purpose of the Iceland trip was to do swim and bike tests, and film for a (Kickstarter) trailer of the project. Following an unsuccessful swim test in Greenland, Anders finally managed to complete a successful ice swim test of swimming +500 meters. Anders also tried to bike with spikes in snow and ice. And despite an ironic search for snow and ice, we managed to get some great footage for the Iceman trailer that will come out later this year.
The northernmost triathlon ever
May 15, 2019
On May 15, Anders made history when he completed the northernmost triathlon ever in Svalbard. He did a 1/2 Iceman - swimming 2 km, biking 90 km, and running 21.1 km in Adventdalen near Longyearbyen, the northernmost city in the world. This was the biggest milestone and test yet in the preparations for the Iceman in conditions similar to those in Antarctica. It proved not only a physical test, but also a test of the team, the set-up and safety.
Final swim and bike tests
Testing the swimming and bike distances in similar conditions as those in Antarctica for physical and equipment preparations.
FEB 2, 2020
Leaving for the 4-5 week expedition to Antarctica for the completion of the Iceman. Due to the extreme weather conditions it may not be possible to set an exact day for the Iceman that will be live-streamed across the world. The team will consist of 15 members including divers, a doctor, cameramen, boat crew etc.
The final documentary of the entire project, going from idea to completion of the World Record-breaking Iceman.