Erling Kagge

Erling Kagge


Erling Kagge (b. 1963) is a Norwegian explorer, author, publisher, mountaineer, art collector and father to three teenage girls.

He was the first in history to reach the “three poles” — North, South and the summit of Everest. He has written eight books on exploration, philosophy and art collecting which have been translated into 41 languages. Kagge’s books include Silence (2018) , Philosophy for Polar Express: An Adventurer’s Guide to Surviving Winter (2019) and Walking: One Step at Time (2020).

Together with urban explorer Steve Duncan, Erling Kagge descended into the subway, sewers and water tunnels of New York in 2010, walking for five days and nights through the mythical underground of the metropolis.

The New York Times has described Kagge as “… a philosophical adventurer or perhaps an adventurous philosopher”. Now and then he also tries shutting out the world.