Yesterday we had to sit out in our tent a strong storm. But today we could move really good. 9 hour's effective walking gave us 25,6km.
We're on the huge icecap, on the top, the border between west and east Greenland. Isortoq, our goal, is on the East side. We look forward and keep you posted.
To my family:
I enjoy the next days on ice. But every step I do, is a step to you back home. All the best for Caroline by teaching, for Martina in the Altius klinik, for Lukas in the emergency and sckokroom in Wolhusen.
In deep love
Hi, today we did 4km, then the wind was a bit too high to move.
We pitched tent, and waited for a window that never came.
While waiting for better weather the wind turned 90 degrees, and we decided to move tents so they could take the wind in a better way.
Now we 're waiting :)
The “Mot Isortoq” Expedition say hi to everyone!
Tommy is blogging today.
Strong and cold winds, 15-18 m/s, from the southwest did our day a bit slow, but we did 20 km in spite of it.
We are now at 2400 meters, near the summit.
Hoping to get the wind from behind when we cross over the summit and go down towards Isortoq at the east side.
The team is strong and no problems!
Hi to Mette, hope everything is fine at home. Love you and see you soon.
22 km yesterday,celebrated Adelinde's birthday on the ice with cocktails, cake, birthday hats, gifts and some more skiing !!!
We are now waiting for better weather to start skiing, lazy morning in the tent! Perfect!
Hoping to reach DYE-II today!
Moa and the team!
Headwind all day. 15 m/s with gusts of 18... But the weather is nice and the sun has been on the sky all day.
We got up at 03:30 and started skiing at 06:00. Did 7 legs and covered a distance of 20 km. So now we should have 45 km left to the summit.
The forecast says it will be good tailwind once we pass the highest point so we cross our fingers for that.
Special happy birthday message to Jenny Vesterhus from Bård Helge and Bengt!
This morning we got up at 03:00 and everything in our tent was frozen (instead of us) approx minus 15º C
We took it as a "warm up" for the colder following days (says the forecast)
After 4 legs in the morning Bengt and Bård Helge put up the tent for a cozy lunch break - it was extremely windy.
4 more legs in the afternoon and we put up tents in the middle of nowhere (as every day) :)
We hope the wind won't blow our tents away :)
Thomas & the Mot Isortoq Team
Ps: to my family Astrid and Larina. I hope you are well as I am. I love you and miss you very much. Looking forward to seeing you!View 1 comments
Today we have done our charity-thing for the kids, and for the school in Isortoq, this small remote town sitting on an island in east-Greenland, with the Atlantic Ocean surrounding it on every side.
The scenery is floating icebergs, mountains and open water this time of year. The ground is peeking through the snow, welcoming the summer…
In this society, they don't have much, and don't claim much. Living in their simple three room houses, they are not owned by their possessions, and they have a lot of time for each other. And we can see the closeness and empathic living that are common in these small tribe-like communities. Nevertheless, it cannot be hidden either the problem alcohol provides this town with. Therefore it is with great pleasure we can give a little something to the children who have their lives and upbringing here, and to the school that gives them something a secure base in their everyday-life.
We went to meet the school teacher Anne from France, who obviously does a tremendous job with these children. She gathered all the children in the town in the school. Then we opened all the gifts and presents we had brought with us: Hats, buffs, mittens, socks, games, dental hygienic products, card games, jumping ropes, bracelet-makers, yatzee, Ludo, memo, laddergames, books, a table hockey game and other cool stuff for the children…
They were amazed and surprised. And so was Anne for the gifts that we gave to the school.
For us it was very satisfying to give these kids a little positive attention.
Of all expeditions coming through Isortoq, we are the first to do such thing, Anne told us.
And it gives us a good feeling to give a little something back to these fine children, and to see the smiles on their happy faces. That is a nice memory to leave Isortoq with.
Thanks to Lars Erik Evensen and the SPORT1-chain, Toten Transport, Yes Leker at Raufoss and all others that have contributed to make this charity come through.
The rest of the day we will be eating and packing and preparing for the flight to Tasiilaq 09:35 tomorrow morning.
Once there we will have a 3 day layover before our flights to Island and Norway. Of course, if the weather allows the helicopter to take off and land…
Stay tuned for updates…
An Apple for Isortoq-Expedition.
A familiar face, Salo, picked us up with his boat, driving us the 20 minutes it takes by boat to ISORTOQ.
Salo accomodated us in his own house, where we could just feel free to feel like home. And we did. Making a huge pasta Bolognese celebration-dinner, with a couple of Tuborg Classic to flush it down with. The rest of the night we where talking, laughing , remembering and thinking of the fantastic trip that we had just finished, and finished in STYLE.
We had no personal or material injuries of any problematic matter, and of that we are very proud!
Tomorrow we fly from ISORTOQ to TASIILAQ by helicopter if the weather is good enough for flying. Today it is charity- day.
Stay tuned for more information on that matter.
In ISORTOQ Are and the happy travellers of the AAFI-Expedition
Over the hills and far away… At apx. 12.00 we got some longtitude and latitude coordinates ticking in on my InReach device. It showed us the pick- up point. It was far out the fjord…
It meant carrying all our personal and expedition gear over three mountains and down to the sea where there was an ice free bay.
I decided that the boat pick-up should be at 09.00 the day after. That should give us just enough time.
We understood that we had to carry back and forth two times.
With loads of 30-40kilos on our back, including sledges we headed out. Climbing over the mountains, it was a tall order! We climbed, fell down, got up again… We put out our sleeping bags and matresses and slept exhausted for a couple of hours, before putting on our skis and hauling all our stuff down to the pick up on the beach.
We had now just slept two hours for the up, and fought through the deep snow for 14 straight hours, finishing at 06:00 in the morning, when we had just a couple of hundred meters down to the ice-free bay….
Yesterday we arrived Dye2 in whiteout conditions.
After celebrating in the big tent, we had "Energadiker Nusstorle" from Thomas, great !!! and a long sleep.
Bengt decided to sleep longer and we started 11:30. We did 4 legs and 12km. 60 minute legs 15min breakas. At 1630 we put our tents up. After that we had our Real Turmat dinner.
Tomorrow we head on for the icefall on the east side. The groups next challenge is the highest point. But we are a strong group and we will do it!
For my family:
Karthy, the Bergans Anorak with the fox is perfect. I cross both fingers for Christian and Andreas for the exam preparations.
In deep love Markus
We arrived yesterday DY2. It's an old american radar station. We had enough time to go around in the inside. Very interesting!!!
Today we will start a little bit later. We are all very well and looking forward to reach the top, about 2600m altitude.
LOL to my daughter Naira and all the family,THE FREIBURGER and the Spanish friends!
Greetings also to all of you here on the blog,
Whiteout but good conditions.
Happy feet on the icecap!
Moa and the gang!
Moa says hallo to mormor and morfar, glede meg til himalaga boller!
Whiteout day in our own little world here.
Not a lot to see, sometimes there was a horizon, sometimes not...
Did 22k's. Could see Dye-II at the end of the day.
Tommy sends his love to Mette and the kids.
Good to know that tinderanglerne had a great tour. Also a big hug to family, friends and colleges. Feeling strong.
Bengt and team. MOT ISORTOQ !
WE MADE IT!!
After 23 days of skiing across the Greenland Icecap we finally touched gravel at the east coast today at 19.15 local time, 23.15 Norway time.
The last day was a tough one. Handling the Icefall, with its melting rivers, melting lakes, crevasses and ups and downs in complete whiteout or more or less absence of clear sight. We were on the track, working hard for almost 12 hours. In the last hour of the day, the sun came out, and let us see the beautiful coast of east Greenland.
And I think we deserve it!!
What a trip this has been!
I will give a short summary in a couple of days. We are supposed to be picked up by boat tomorrow at noon, but unfortunately that is not possible, because the sea ice is not safe to walk on, but too thick for boats to reach us were we are right now... So at this stage we do not know how to get away from here, but we will come up with a solution !
I would like to thank all of our followers on the blog for your attention during this trip. I hope you have enjoyed our trip. But don't be sad, there will be more blogging in the days to come... Both about how we are getting of the coastline and about our charity for the children in Isortoq.
Stay tuned as the An Apple for Isortoq- Expedition marches on.
We still have great experiences to share with you. And soon there will be pictures as well.
WE MADE IT!!
Are and the fabolous gang of the AN APPLE FOR ISORTOQ EXPEDITION
Another sunny and nice day! We did almost 26km and we are very happy! Nothing much more to say, routines are there and days are passing by...
To my family, from Marcus: Thank very much for all the congratulations and thinking of the 10th anniversary climbing Mt Everest, transmitted by heart. I miss you
Ps: we are a great group, helping each other, we are a team. All of us are safe with our two guides, Bengt and Bård-Helge. Thank you.
We will do it: Mot Isortoq!
We have seen the OCEAN. After som 35km skiing today, mostly in Whiteout, we finally saw the ocean on the last leg of the day. We are now 35km from the coast, and if everything go as planned, we will touch gravel sometimes tomorrow evening. We are now laying at apx 1288 meters above sealevel, so there will be some downhill skiing tomorrow as well. We crossed some polarbear tracks today. I guess they were pretty old, maybe a week or so, but even how, they reminded us that we are in the land of the king of the predators.
We also met a Finnish-expedition, who started 3-4 days ahead of us. Nice guys! And they had even heard on the Jungle-telegraph that some from the Ousland-Expedition had been engaged on this trip. So they congratulated Ingvild and me. Quite a surprise. A reminder that the world is a small place.
Tomorrow is the last day of skiing on this trip. Sad but true.
Gunnar H sends his regards to his companions in Hydal Aluminium profiler. He is looking forward to see you all again.
STÅ PÅ, GÅ PÅ.
Regards from Are and the TEAM!
17th of May, we started the morning with singing the national hymn. Birgit and Christop made a line of Norwegian flags and it was a lovely start...
..the weather continues to be great. A bit whiteout in the start, but halfway trough the day sun came out. Warm and great skiing, did 23km today 1700m above sea level, and the expedition got its name now: “Mot Isortoq” Mot is the Norwegian/Swiss/German word for To but also could translate in to courage :)
The Mot Isortoq expedition, reporting from 66º 48'N, 47º36'W
What a day!!!
EveryONE has taken a swim,BIGTIME!
We got up 23.30,started "swimming" at 01.30. I guess we have crossed around 1200 streams,rivers and lakes now, and 200 of them we have we swimmed across....
I am so proud of the group! What a spirit, they LOL while they crossed rivers and streams, what a teamwork!They are my heroes for today!
We celebrated the Norwegian national day with a box of 1kg chocolate on the pulkas, the only perfect way!
Days look a lot the same, great sunny weather... A bit more wind, but lovely skiing conditions. We did 21km and are now starting to think about our next goal, DYE-2, that is only 90km away. Will we see it from far far away as a Fatamorgana, or will we have to wait for the last couple of days? We will see :)
Happy birthday Norway! We will celebrate here as well with a long “17.mai tog”
Christop and Birgit wants to congratulate Patricia on her birthday and sent greetings to all family and friends.
Tommy wishes Michael happy birthday and sends his love to Mette and the kids.
A big hug to family and friends !
Bengt and team.
The last long-haul.
38.00 kms in fantastic weather and pretty good snow conditions. What a team of skiers and navigators!!!
When you all read this it is the 17 May back in Norway. Our constitution day! Congratulations to all Norwegians. May the day come with warmth, sunshine and lots of icecream to everyone!
We will also throw a little pancake celebration for ourselves, but not before after our seven hours of skiing.
We still have some 87 Kms to go, so there is not much time for laziness before we touch ground at sea level.
yesterday we got a message from the school in Isortoq, which we are doing some charity for. They wrote that they where excited to meet us. And that the gifts we have sent from Norway has safely arrived.
I hope that Anne at the school can inform the children about our arrival. We will be in Isortoq between 12.00-13.00 on Friday 20th, and looking forward to see you all again :-)
I would like to send some hugs and kisses to my two children Oline and Hjalmar. I love you more than the language can describe! And I hope those around you can take a lot of pictures and video of you on the 17th of May, so dad can see how fine you both were on the 17th of May. 3 times Hurray for Norway! Hurray, Hurray, Hurray!!
AAFI- Expedition By Are Johansen
OUR POSITION, and some more photos taken before the start...
17th May. Syttende Mai Nasjonaldagen, or Norway's constitution day.
If we could make a soundtrack of the day it would be"haaalleluja and praise the mother earth!"
What a nigth/day with bright sun, Chris and Moa has already taken a swim in the ice..not planned!
Finally on skis, although thinking maybe we should have brought waterskis... loads of streams and lakes wherever you look !
Everyone is getting a new experience, happy crew :)
Moa and team.