Ice Maiden Expedition Across Antarctica

The Ice Maiden team, all women soldiers serving in the British Army or Army Reserve, have made history by becoming the first all-female team to use muscle power alone to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica. Unsupported, and with only two resupply points along the route, they carried all the supplies and equipment needed to survive for up to 600km at a time. The team took 61 days on the ice and finally crossed the finish line on the 19 Jan 2018. 

BFPS has produced a commemorative cover to mark this historic crossing to be released on the 1 February 2018. To help raise money for Military charities the Ice Maiden Team carried some of the covers on the expedition.



The cover bears an image of the expedition with its route marked in red. A special handstamp, BFPS 3213 featuring a silhouette of an "Ice Maiden", will be used to cancel a personalised Smiler® stamp which bears an image of the Ice Maiden team at the South Pole.

There will be two versions issued:

  • Standard version costing £7.50 each.
  • Limited special edition that has been 'carried on the expedition' costing £20 each.

Also on offer will be some sheets of the personalised Smiler® stamps used on the cover, priced at £38 each.

These most sought after covers and stamps may be ordered from the BFPS online shop ( from Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Please Note: that it will take some time for the 'Carried Covers' to arrive back at BFPS from the expedition. We ask for your patience when ordering these covers as you will not receive them straight away after the publication date. This also applies to standard covers and stamp sheets ordered with 'Carried Covers'. We will endeavour to keep you posted on the BFPS website and media.





The BFPS 3213 Special Handstamp



Smiler® Stamp


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