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 ignites passion in others to reach beyond their normal boundaries and achieve their dreams by sharing her own stories about exploring some of the most remote places on earth.

Arnesen is a highly sought-after motivational speaker among corporations, schools and non-profit organizations. She has been named among Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year” (2001); selected for the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame’s “Trailblazer” award (2001); presented with the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce “Achievement Award” (2001); and recognized by the Russian Geographic Society with a “Diploma of Honor” (1999).

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Born: 1953

Hometown: Bekkestua, Norway

Education: Master of Management, Master of Arts

Occupation: Former high school teacher, now lecturer, educator and explorer

Expeditions: Crossing the Greenland Icecap; first woman solo and unsupported to the South Pole; attempt to climb Mt. Everest; kayaking in Antarctica; kayaking the Great Lakes; traversing the “Shackleton Route” in South Georgia; two attempts to cross the Arctic Ocean

Favorite place to be: The mountains of Norway

Best discoveries: Learning to read – I fell in love with books and all they could teach me

Favorite items in the field: My toothbrush and journal

Personal heroes: Marie Curie, Fridtjof Nansen, Thor Heyerdahl and Ernest Shackleton


Advice: When you feel your heart beating hard or your blood running fast, you have found something that is important to you. Create room for it.



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