the Journey

  • Distance to go: 0 Mi

    Ben and Tarka will cover 1800 miles starting from Scott's Terra Nova Hut at the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back to the coast again. That's equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons hauling up to 200kg each (the weight of roughly two adult men) of kit and supplies necessary to survive.

    Distances here are shown in statute miles.

Welcome Home Ben and Tarka!

Ben and Tarka have today arrived back in the UK to a fantastic welcome from friends, familiies and partners Land Rover and Intel at Heathrow Airport.

Here are a couple of pictures as they touched down and a snapshot into a report on their return. More to follow shortly....

In the meantime tune in to ITV Daybreak tomorrow morning at 7.45am GMT to hear more from them about their epic adventure.


# Jored, February 19th 2014

Congratulations, Ben and Tarka.

What a shame. After so many of us followed your heroic expedition and sent you hundreds of messages of encouragement, your handlers have chosen to make your homecoming video not viewable outside the UK.

# Kat, February 19th 2014

They’re working on it! (See earlier post from the Team.)

# Christy, February 19th 2014

Marc, thank you so much for posting the YouTube link.  It’s so great to see them!

# Marc, February 19th 2014

I don’t know if this video is official, but at the end of it we can see Ben and Tarka arriving at Ross Island (video, not photo):

# Christy, February 19th 2014

Oooo, excellent video!!!

# Marc, February 20th 2014

This video has been removed.

# Mao Owen, February 19th 2014

Welcome back on UK soil…crevasses and all !
Just watched Ben being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight (18thFeb) Available on bbciplayer till 11:19 on 25th February (view at very end minutes of the programme) ....very impressed with the overall presentation and Ben’s responses.Worth a watch if you haven’t already done so.

# Mal Owen, February 19th 2014

I appear to have changed my name to Mao !!  (above)

# alj, February 19th 2014

Congratulations. I was on the edge of my seat, from the time I heard about your expedition on NPR.

# Christian C, February 19th 2014

Many congrats Ben and Tarka and welcome back to Blighty!

For those overseas (like me in Saudi Arabia) you can view the video if you use a VPN ( like or similar).



# Austin Duryea, February 20th 2014

Not working here in Texas either. Will y’all be able to fix it.

# Dave, February 21st 2014

What did your Mum think of your socks?

# Luigi Rizzo, February 22nd 2014

What an amazing experience following through the months.
Really thanks for your research you space voyagers.

# T.G, February 22nd 2014

Hi hope you have fun at your home

from T.g
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