- Fiann Paul, Tathagata Roy, Jeff Willis, Carlo Facchino, Tor Wigum
- first first
- Norway (Longyearbyen)
The first recorded row of the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north is by Fiann Paul (Iceland), Tathagata Roy (India), Jeff Willis (UK), Carlo Facchino (USA) and Tor Wigum (Norway), who rowed 600 miles (965 km; 521 nautical miles) from Tromsø to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (via Hornsund, Svalbard), in a team of five in 9 days 23 hr 26 min between 20 and 30 July 2017 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.