Arctic Kite Tour 2009
In 2001 we crossed the Inland Ice of
Greenland on skis. We started in Kangerlussuaq on 10 April and arrived in
Isortoq on 10 May. It was a fantastic trip and there was no doubt in
our minds that we would return some day to do another expedition.
In 2007 we made an attempt to cross the Inland Ice from Narsaq to
Qaanaaq but failed due to appalling weather conditions. However, we
were determined to return to Greenland and make another attempt, and
on 29 June 2009, we will start our ascent of the Inland Ice in
Narsaq and then point our skis towards Qaanaaq, where we expect to
arrive in late July 2009. The dotted line on the map roughly indicates the
route we will be following.
The total distance we are going to cover is
approximately 2,400 kilometres. Once again we are going to use kites
to aid our progress, and we are very much looking forward to
re-experiencing the exhilerating feeling of moving across the ice
cap at warp speed accompanied by the high pitched whine of the wind
in the rigging.
In 2005 three "kite-propelled Norwegians" managed to ski 440
kilometres on the Inland Ice in just 24 hours. That was a new world
record! Will we be able to break that record? Well, time will show.
The meteorological conditions will have do be no less than ideal
(basically we need the perfect storm), but we are certainly going to
give it our best shot.
As a service to those who are interested in our project we will
update our Status Report continuously.