Greenland Crossing May 2009

Four teachers have been selected to be part of the Fuchs Foundation teachers’ expedition to the Arctic Circle in May 2009. The Fuchs Foundation is a charitable trust set up in the memory of the pioneering explorer Vivian Fuchs. The trust facilitates expeditions to Polar Regions to encourage teachers to engage in scientific field work with the intention of inspiring young people. The 5 week expedition in May 2009 is to be based around the high arctic snow fields of Greenland. We will complete a crossing of the Greenland icecap on skis and will be supported by a team of dogs. The expedition will leave on the 29th of April and return on June 12th 2009. The main body of the journey is from Ammassalik (65.36N 37.38W) on the east coast of Greenland and finishing at Kangerlussuaq (67.01N 50.72W) on the west coast.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Breathtaking Greenland

After a night in Iceland we were off again to Greenland.  The views as we arrived at Kulusuk were beyond breathtaking, with a land of ice and stunning whiteness stretching  as far as the eye could see.  However, there was no time to stop and we were moving on again, this time by helicopter to Tasiilaq where we could recharge our batteries (literally!) and spend our last few nights eating proper food and sleeping in a bed- a luxury that we take for granted!   We were able to meet with the local community and visit a local school to find out more about living and learning in the harsh  Arctic environment.

In an attempt to refresh our minds (and bodies!) with our Nordic training we set of on our skis to observe the sea ice, only to find that someone or something had beat us to it!  Fresh in the snow were the prints of a Polar bear... We later learnt that there had been reports of a sighting in the settlement that morning. This was a totally awesome yet humbling experience and unexpected for this time of year.  We set off for the ice cap tomorrow (Tuesday) and the reality of what we are hoping to achieve fills me with  a mixture of exhilaration and determination.


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