Rune has given more than 300 lectures to national and international companies, organizations, embassies and the military, drawing on his experiences from his adventures and military background. 

Mungo ParkThe speeches have been individually fitted to each customer using his experiences and knowledge from both Special Forces and the expeditions. He is keeping the weight on safety, planning and preparation, motivation factors, positive visualizing, and enduring and reaching the goal against all odds. The lectures are made in high quality digital multimedia format. Rune is giving different lectures from different expeditions or projects, which is up to the customer. It can be a combined from several expeditions or just focus on one project or theme. It is up to you.

For more information contact Rune: rune@gjeldnes.com

Some customers

  • Kongsberg Group ASA
  • The Norwegian National Defence College
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Norwegian Embassy, Washington
  • Wallenius Willhelmsen Line, USA
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Naval Academy, USA
  • Check-6
  • Smedvig Offshore
  • Rolex USA
  • Explorers Club, New York & Washington


Beyond the Poles
The lecture is Rune’s open-hearted and honest account of his adventures, dreams and longings. About setting a goal, sticking to it and being true to the dream. And to never, ever give up
After the world’s worst ski trip across the Arctic Ocean, Rune Gjeldnes took on the whole of Antarctica with the world’s longest ski trip: A full 4804 kilometers across the Antarctic
It just wasn’t enough for Rune to become the first person to traverse Greenland lengthways 3000 km unsupported, or to be the first to cross the North Pole by way of Siberia to Canada unsupported in 109 days. He wanted more.
The world’s most inhospitable continent, the Antarctic lay waiting. This time he went alone to follow and fulfill an old dream, his dream of Antarctica. He wanted to be the first person in the world to cross both Poles unsupported. It became the world’s longest ski trip when he broke the old record with a full 1000 km. A distance which equals the distance between Dublin and Boston or between London and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It was a result of four years of planning and preparations and stamina. Few believed it could be done.
The journey became a battle against the margins, the elements and most of all- against himself, but Rune led it to a success.Web-Friser2

First and only – Against all odds: Arctic Ocean crossing 2000
This is a lecture about a true historical expedition; the first and only unsupported crossing of the Arctic Ocean. But first of all a story about friendship and respect for each other; in the strength of a common will to carry on, to conquer the destructive forces and let a positive attitude rule. Mental strength was the thin red line. A good plan, hard work and self-discipline led to success. Their ability to see the irony of the situation, suppress the negative and maintain their respect for each other, lead to victory. The Norwegian Navy Seals, Rune Gjeldnes and Torry Larsen, started out from Cape Arctichesky in Siberia on 16th February 2000, on a journey none believed were possible.
With 400 kilos supplies divided on four special sledges, they were ready for the battle with the elements. When they reached the Geographical North Pole, they were halfway there. After 109 days and 2000 km, they landed on Cape Discovery in Northern Canada with no food left, no water left, totally exhausted and weighing 53.2 kilos less than when they started.
Today, 18 international expeditions have attempted this unsupported crossing. None have succeeded.


The modern Amundsen team. Who cares – Who wins – Amundsen did.

Race To The Pole brings history to life by re-creating Scott and Amundsen’s epic journey to the South Pole.

In 1911, Scott led a British team on the ultimate adventure and challenge at the time: to reach the South Pole. They were soon joined by Roald Amundsen and his Norwegian team and the race to be first to get to the South Pole began. By the spring of 1912, the race was over: Scott was dead and Amundsen was the victor. Two modern day teams of explorers have been set the challenge of travelling across a route identical in length to that covered by Scott and Amundsen. The journey is a staggering 2,500 km long in sub-zero conditions using only the equipment, clothing and food that were available to the original teams. The members of this expedition will experience first hand, in terrifying detail, the chilling truth behind the race to the South Pole.


In Jan Baalsrud´s footstep. Rune Gjeldnes and Ronny Bratli walk the famous escape route of Jan Baalsrud during WW2, “We die Alone” and try to understand how this was possible. With humbleness and lots of question, they met people who met Baalsrud on his escape, they swam across the sounds in freezing cold water and experienced the harsh, dangerous and difficult terrain Baalsrud and his helpers risk their life. Afterwards Rune and Ronny is even more humble.