Solo in The Arctic Circle
Bharulata Kamble, a first woman of Indian origin drove solo through The Arctic circle. She drove though some of the harshest terrain on earth and certainly showcased the grit and tenacity behind expediting. This was her first major expedition which was not only exciting but she was thrilled to explore the Arctic Circle.
She drove 2792 kilometres inside the Arctic circle in just 4 days with sleep time.This expedition was without any back up crew, back up team or a beck up vehicle. Her total driving time was 39 hour for driving of 2792, driving on an average 700 kilometres in a day. This was the first solo Arctic Circle Expedition by a woman solo.
She drove from the United Kingdom in her family car. She drove through France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland covering distance of 8492 kilometres. She reached the Arctic Circle to
Rovaneimi (Santa clause village) on 23rd September.
She drove Rovaneimi to the Nordkapp, whish is 307-metre-high (1,007 ft) cliff, which is commonly referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. From Nordkapp she continued with her drive further within the Arctic circle. She drove to Kilpisjarvi the point where three countries Norway, Sweden and Finland meet. Bharulata visited maximum Arctic Circle monuments including Rovaniemi, Jokkmokk, Juoksengi, Kilpisjarvi, monumental highways, and most importantly the Nordkapp.
Expedition: First solo Arctic Expedition by Indian woman.
Expeditioner: Bharulata Kamble Mode: Self-drive car without any modification.
Duration: 4 days
Distance to be covered: 2792kms
Start & End Point: Rovaniemi
Nature of Expedition: Solo unaided, without back up crew and without back up vehicle.
Focus on reaching the remotest corners.
High Light of the expedition: Bharulata drove through the mountains, along the sea, through extremely narrow and windy roads. Many of these roads were like roller coasters. For hours she used to be the only driver in any one of particular patch of the road. On one side of the road there were steep cliffs and on the other side of the road the deep Barents (part of Arctic ocean) sea with no barriers for protection at many patches. The conditions were certainly not in favour, as she was also required to drive in a dark, gloomy, pouring rain in between and the danger of animals such as Reindeers and other wild animals running on road all of a sudden causing accidents. But nothing distracted Bharulata from achieving her goals.
This solo drive trailed through some of the extreme, lonely, windy and hilly roads of the Arctic Circle. Bharulata has inspired many people internationally through her Arctic Circle expedition.