Finnmark 2016

In February 2016 I completed a 120 km foot crossing of the Finnmark Plateau as part of a four-man team. We were guided by polar veteran Mike Thornewill, starting in Alta in the West and finishing near Karasjok close to the Border of Finland.


The Team

Our Guide – Mike Thornewill

Mike Thornewill was the 31st person to ski travel to both the North and South Pole. He has amassed over 500 days of experience in the Arctic and the Antarctic spread over 30 expeditions.

The Sled Team

We were a four-man team (Ash Routen, Phil Sturgeon, Mike Thornewill and Andrew Bailey). Phil and I went on to complete a crossing of Lake Baikal, Siberia, in March 2018.


The Route

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We started in the town of Alta on Norway’s northern coast and skied approximately 120km over six days to the Sami town of Karasjok near the Finnish border.