- Fiann Paul, Carlo Facchino
- first first
- Norway ()
The first recorded row of the Arctic Ocean Open Waters in two directions is by Fiann Paul (Iceland) and Carlo Facchino (USA), who rowed south to north from Tromsø to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, between 20 and 30 July 2017 in a crew of five, and then north to south from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to Jan Mayen Island, Norway, between 8 and 21 August 2017 in a crew of six on board Polar Row.
The definition of "Rows on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters" applies only to pure rowing expeditions across major water basins above the Polar Circle from land to land, excluding any use of sail, paddling on kayaks or canoes, as well as rows around islands, within archipelagos and coastal rows, i.e., within the vicinity of land and with the possibility to get ashore.