19th of April. There was no message from Svante today, but Thomas (Ulrich) called in and told that they only had 10 kilometres left to the Pole. They expect to reach the Pole after a pleasant short day tomorrow the 20th. They plan to spend one or possibly two night at the Pole itself, before they get picked up by helicopter and flown back to Barneo base. Here they will wait until the plane comes to pick them up and fly them back to Longyear on the 23rd.
Conditions have again been a mix of pressure ridges and open water, but nothing seems to stop these guys and they push through as before. Thomas said that the Boyarsky group had been flown closer to the Pole with helicopter, and they expect to reach their destination the same day. All are doing great as usual, and there have been no reports of accidents or injuries of any kind.View 11 comments