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.


# Sheila England, February 19th 2014

I wish I could have been there!
Welcome home.

# Sheila England, February 19th 2014

...and I just received in the mail today a copy of David Crane’s ‘Scott Of The Antarctic’. Can’t wait to get into it.

# Austin Duryea, February 19th 2014

Awesome guys. Welcome back home. I agree with Sheila. I wish you could have been there. Hope to hear more from you soon.

# Kat, February 19th 2014

“The uploader has not been made available for your country.”

Sad!  Can y’all fix this so that a friendly Canadian can watch?

Cheers, and glad you’re home with all your loved ones! 



# Jo, February 19th 2014

The same applies to Germany. Great to read, though, that you arrived back home safely.

# Scott Expedition Team , February 19th 2014

Ah no! We’ll get some of our own footage together and pop it up here asap.

# Sarah, February 25th 2014

I’m across the pond in the U.S. and would love the opportunity to watch this ceremonious video as well! I’ve been following the journey for some time now and can’t wait to hear the details and watch the aftermath! Congratulations gentlemen! I’m trying to spread the good word over here in Washington, D.C.!

# Jörg, February 19th 2014

“The uploader has not been made available for your country.” ... Me too :(

I am in Cape Town.

# Christian, February 19th 2014

Welcome home Ben and Tarka. You deserve a big welcome party. I raise my glass here in Germany to celebrate both of you and your team. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. I guess especially your mothers will have good nights from now on knowing you are back home and save. Regards from Berlin

# wonderwoman, February 19th 2014

So good to see you’re home safe and sound. It’s been a very long four months.

# Suzanne Smith, February 19th 2014

Fantastic achievement and memories- well done! Welcome home!

# Ashley Davis , February 19th 2014

wonderful achievement you changed the world for ever and have left a mark that will be with people for years to come . welcome back

# Uncle Pete, February 19th 2014

And from Malawi also looking forward to some video! Good to see you safely back on UK ‘dry’ land! Well done and Congratulations. We have found the perfect place for you to chill out here in the sun on Lake Malawi at Cape Maclear, named by another adventurer, Livingstone, after his friend the astronomer Thomas Maclear - so maybe we could find somewhere to call ‘Antarkatica’? Looking forward to catching up on the full photo/video spread and all the after-chat. Stay safe, I gather they now have ‘crevasses’ appearing in UK!

# Mal Owen, February 19th 2014

Love that last comment!

# Pete Heady, February 19th 2014


No uploaded in US

# Damian Harris , February 19th 2014

Welcome home indeed guys.
How busy the world must seem to you after so long in the wilderness.
I really have been missing my daily fix since you completed your journey and the blogs stopped.
It really was fantastic to be able to follow you day by day from the other side of the world.
You have a lot of catching up with friends to do and of course a rather belated Christmas to celebrate with your familes.
Enjoy it all, you’ve earned it.

# 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
class 4

# Sheila England, February 22nd 2014

Not able to see the video either, or the ITV interview. Oh well.

# Alison Lashly, February 27th 2014

Wow, welcome home! Im doing a University project on Scott’s Expedition and my relative William Lashly who accompanied him. This is fantastic to see and compare with their journey. Congratulations!

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