Correspondent (Delhi) Indian woman sets a record as ‘First woman’ in the world to complete winter expedition in the Arctic Circle with two young children. This is whilst she is receiving cancer treatment.
First Indian origin children to hoist the flag of India (The Tiranga) in the Arctic circle.
Bharulata and two young kids, returns back safely after successfully completing their winter expedition in the Arctic circle setting a record.
Determined, fearless, tough, strong will power- that is Bharulata Patel-Kamble is known for. She dreams big and achieves it. But this time she undertook a winter expedition in the Arctic circle with two young children, only after just over two months after her life changing Cancer surgery including removal of an organ, and whilst suffering with pain and discomfort from the injury sustained. She drove without any back up crew or a backup vehicle.
Their story of driving through the Arctic circle as winter expedition is full of struggles and challenges seemed almost like a Bollywood plot – alone with two young children, the Arctic Circle, 14 countries, driving over 10,000 kilometres in temperature as low as -15c in one of the most remote and loneliest part this plant with only few hours of day light (from around 9am to around 1.30pm). They drove through in extremely hostile weather condition on completely frozen roads and major part of their drive was in dark due to extremely less day light in the Arctic Circle.
The team trio (team of mum and 2 kids) drove through, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, Sweden, Finland before heading to Nordkapp in Norway. The journey in to the Arctic Circle began from the iconic Santa Claus village Rovaniemi in Finland. The team travelled through narrow roller-coaster roads in Arctic Circle passing through 5 tunnels one of which is 7 kilometres long going approximately 700 feet below the sea level under the sea. The team also drove through the northernmost public tunnel in the world.
The drive trailed through some of the extreme, lonely, windy and hilly roads of the Arctic Circle. They met with extremely hostile weather condition during the expedition and were affected by the snow storm and wind storm, with wind blowing up to 20 meters per second. The Arctic storm brought snow as far as in many parts of UK and brought in extremely cold weather condition, so one can imagine weather condition they faced in the Arctic Circle itself.
This expedition makes Bharulata the first female in the world to undertake winter expedition in the Arctic circle with two young kids, without any back up crew or a backup vehicle, and makes her two boys the first kids on the Arctic circle expedition. This is the first such expedition in the world of mum and children, and the children are the first children on the Arctic expedition and first Indian children to hoist the flag of India (The Tiranga) in the Arctic Circle (northern most drivable mainland point). They have written new chapter in the chronicle of astounding human achievements and certainly written a record on India’s name for the Arctic Circle motor sport expedition.
The expedition involved unique driving experience as well as many challenges and required excellent driving skills to manage mountain driving in heavy snow. The Arctic drive requires skill, good navigation and anticipation, finding the best route as many roads are closed off in the winter, and careful driving in totally frozen road. The target was to reach the top of Europe at North Cape, to make it to the border with Arctic Russia, to experience Lapland. In terms of latitude, the road gets to within nineteen and a half degrees of the North Pole. The Arctic Circle is the outermost circle of latitude counted from the North Pole at which the sun does not set at the summer solstice. It is also the outermost line, counted from the North Pole, that joins the points at which the sun does not rise above the horizon at the winter solstice. This phenomenon is called the polar night, midday darkness or midwinter dark.
Imagine a place in the far north, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Arctic Ocean and their frigid waters mix. That place is Nordkapp – the North Cape – in Western Finnmark, Northern Norway. With its cliff face jutting into the sea, the plateau rises 307 metres above sea level. The aim was to hoist the flag of India (The Tiranga) at Nordcapp, which was achieved once the Arctic Wind Storm settled a little. The team trio reached the Nordcapp but faced the Arctic windstorm of wind being 20 meters per second. It was difficult to remain on ground let alone the flag hoisting. They waited patiently for a two days for windstorm to settle so the flag can be hoisted. The flag of India was hosted with the National Anthem next day when wind was a bit less around 16 meters per second (still very windy).
In September 2016 Bharulata set a record as longest distance drive within the Arctic circle covering driving 2792 kilometres inside the Arctic circle in just 39 hour, and became a first in the world woman to undertake solo Arctic Circle expedition.