Vilborg Arna is a record holding adventurer by being the only woman who has completed a solo expedition to a Pole and 8000 m peak. By the time she reached the South Pole she became the youngest woman in the world to complete a solo polar journey. Her other accomplishments include climbing the seven summits and a number of other polar and mountaineering expeditions.
Vilborg speaks about how she became an adventurer after being kicked out of school three times as a teenager and developed her skills through expanding her comfort zone in the outdoors.
Vilborg Arna is open about her experience of how she stopped temporarily climbing after witnessing the avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall on Everest 2014 and surviving the big earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015 while she was in camp one on Everest. Vilborg is a climate campaigner and one of the leaders in the ATC (Arctic climate leaders program).
She is also an activist when it comes to closing the gender gap in mountaineering and exploring.
"I listened to the story of Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir from the South Pole this morning. What a great woman - considered and with a great outlook on life and its challenges. Her lecture has a message for all of us. I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best and most inspiring lectures I have listened to in a long time - a good philosophy of life that has a message for all of us".
"Vilborg was absolutely fantastic. I was absolutely fascinated by her character, so straightforward and with so many good points that can be transferred to play and work. She is absolutely exemplary".
"This is the best lecture I've ever listened to. She is completely close to you and you were with her on the trip. Apart from the philosophy of life and how it sets its goals and what methods it uses to reach its destination. Great young woman".
"I would like to thank Vilborg for a great lecture this morning. It is the unanimous opinion of the staff who listened that the lecture was absolutely fantastic and many who said that this was one of the best motivational lectures they had listened to. She is a completely unique person with a great radiance and a fun and sincere storytelling ability. The structure was both informative and fun, and it was fun to see how values and goals were woven into the story. She is, of course, a real HERO".
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