Iesjávri, Day 2
Start of the trip is set for next Wednesday 22nd in Alta. After last night in town and some last minute preparations, on Thursday 23 the team will be driven to the high plateau , where they will start skiing with their sleds trailing behind !
Here we we will posting daily (or as much as possible) reports in order to follow our team of adventurers across Finnmark. Enjoy !!!
Last details finalized, all set to start the crossing.
Team will get together in a coupled days at the camping in Alta, and Thursday they will be on their way!
Weather forecast, you can follow here, looks good: not too cold, not too windy, let's hope for some clear skies and Northern lights above !
Good luck, enjoy Finnmark !
Today there was dark skies coming over us in the morning. Then within one hour the whole valley was white !
We had a lazy morning, waiting for the weather to get better. A bit before 11 we headed towards the sea, with glimpses of blue sky over us. As we did earlier we followed the raindeer paths, and a really heavily used one that took us out of the valley and up in the highland.
On our highest point we could spot where “Nansens tentplace” was when he built the boat that took them to “Godt haap” (today Nuuk).
We traversed in the high parts of the sea line over to an old Viking Ruin, which today is used as a base for Inuit reindeer hunters. We meet 3 guys here that were going out for reindeer tomorrow. One of them I meet on this same place 8 Years ago :)
This place where we have made our final camp is on the site of a old viking church called Sandnes. Nothing but the flat land is left, but it is a special place, not unlike a wild, sparsely populated Norwegian fjord. These area had 4 churches and about 140 farms spread out over several fjords.
Great end to the trip, tomorrow we get picked up by boat and we will also head to Nuuk (and beer and pizza ! ) before heading back home.
This trip had it all!
Thanks to everyone!
Bengt Rotmo sent this message from: Lat 64.242833 Lon -50.176513
We continue our walk down the valley.
Birds sing, hares in their winter coat sit motionless as rocks on the hillside, and the small trees and flowers grow in everywhere....
We went by a small creek, then suddenly Bengt did a water dance and out came a fish! Then we chased others down to the shallowest point where Bengt and me stood and caught us three small char for supper.
We also spotted two reindeer close to a fascinating viking ruin on top of a flat rock. Maybe a storage or hunting post.
A bit further down we made our camp in perfect surroundings and cooked the bootfished dinner on the campfire, where we stayed until late in the night.
A new trip!
Bengt Rotmo sent this message from Lat 64.209166 Lon -49.963846
After an unusual warm night on a beautiful plain with a little lake, we started our first real hiking day with the aim to get to the top of Austmannadalen. Through a valley with amazing rocks, boulders and stones, Max also discovered the first willows and we all had to put our noses in it. All those wonderful colors, smells and odours as well as the singing birds are more than a welcome change to our senses after weeks on the ice.
Crossing a little pass the Isvann – a glacial lagoon with lots of icebergs swimming on it – appeared in front of us, another eye-candy after all those days with all kinds of shades of white. Further down that lagoon, a glacial river crossing awaited us. Over very slippery stones and the water well up to the bottom, we managed to get over it and had a well deserved lunch break there.
We camped in the floor of the beautiful valley which hosted a Viking settlement almost 1000 years ago. The contrast to our surrounding just a few days ago could hardly be bigger: Warm, autumn colors, aromatic heathers that delight our senses, a dry tent without frozen zippers... a paradise that we walk with our heavy backpacks.
With this unique trip coming slowly to an end I am looking forward to seeing my wife and daughters again.
Bengt Rotmo sent this message from: Lat 64.221482 Lon -49.730215
Even longer and harder day!
But we are down on solid ground!!!
Happy team, will get organized to walk out down the Austmannadalen tomorrow.
Yesterday we did 26km in beautiful weather. The terrain has started to slope downwards and we are running into more and more melt-river beds. Lots of up and down but high spirit!!!
Cheers, The N.I.C.E. Team
Short message from the team: "Hi, great day yesterday. Lots of crevasses. Bumpy surface now. Happy team!"
Hot and cold! From nearly 30 degrees Cº below this night, we went one first leg this morning and it was suddenly so warm we had to take nearly all our clothes off. The rest of the day we had blue, blue sky and sun! We met river canyons at 1750 m.a.s.l and one of them had running waters.. .Interesting...
We have done about 26 km today! 9 legs. Altitude now is 1700.
Lykke til på mandag Hassan!
Baard Helge sent this message from: Lat 66.814073 Lon -47.55563
Today was a exciting day as we found our first western downhill slope to glide down on, nice iceblock formations, walked on frozen lakes, crossed awesome crevasses, and encountered weird animal tracks !
A muskox lost on the ice. No steak for us unfortunately... We also got a glimpse of the first mountains on the west coast! Huzza!
Ps: Lilith, alles Liebe und schöne zu Eurem grossen Tag morgen! Und den Baicantoneslnnen gutes Gesinge!
It felt good to see DYEdisappear in the horizon, we are now rested and our new goal is dog camp. This is the place where the dog teams turn around. From that point its back to crevasses and rivers again...
We are are still high up, at 1870 m now, so the cold is still a battle.
The team is happy, and are talking about how the moment will be when the mountains are in sight again.
Cheers, The team N.I.C.E.
With bright sky after two days of white out we reached a new chapter yesterday: the descent of about 1000m in the icefall... We have GPS coordinates that should safely lead us around the worst crevasses.
As the temperature is still low (-18), we do not expect too many melt water streams.
Made 26k yesterday and we are now slightly below 2000m.
Motivation and health very good in the team.
Regards to my beloved family and Thorsten, who runs the company,
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Bye bye DYE!
Today was a N.I.C.E. day. We slept long into the morning and only got up to explore the DYE 2 radar station at 10 o'clock. After that we had some lunch, before we started skiing at 13:00. 5 legs of one hour each gave us 14,5 km and a camp altitude of 2010 masl.
A good start on our final part of the adventure: the goal of reaching Kangerlussuak!
When we now look back, we can no longer see DYE2. Weather was cloudy and warm with some parts of blue sky, and no wind.
A happy team is now in their sleeping bags, recharging their bodies for tomorrow and a full day of skiing
The N.I.C.E. team!
There is something on the horizon! DYE 2!
Finally, at 11:05 this morning, the clouds started to lift and we saw a shadow coming out of the clouds. We reached Dye 2 at 18:00 put up camp and celebrated with some rounds of cards and dinner in the big tent. Tomorrow is half a day of rest and exploring of the radar station. The mood is very good as we look forward to the last 180 km's to point 660!
The N.I.C.E. team!
Baard Helge sent this message from: Lat 66.492079 Lon -46.320033
Day 19: A routine day. Whiteout in the start, but gradually went better. In the end we had beautiful blue scattered clouds.
We did 8 legs and 27km, we're now approaching the icefall. Expect a bit more down “hill” going today.
All good on ice :)
Bengt Rotmo sent this message from: Lat 64.238187 Lon -47.583911
The day yesterday started promising with scattered to broken sky (4/8-5/8). But after the first leg sky started to be overcast (8/8) and we moved slowly through the whiteout with uncomfortable wind from SSW witch made the sunglasses and goggles fog up. Putting tents up after leg 6.
Everybody was kind of tired from the challenging weather. The zipper of my sled broke in very unconfortable circumstances and instead of heading into tent for starting the stove I had to sew the zipper with fingers going to freeze.
Anyway, as Bengt says: "Life is hard. But it's a good one". Max, Bengt and I (Evelyne) shared the 2-man-one-woman-tent and enjoyed the hot Greenland water made by snow for dinner.
Today back to 8 legs which makes us working from 05:00 am (getting the stove running) to 10pm, when the day and it's duties are done.
It's a hard life, but it's a good one : )
A warm Hello from Evelyne
The Hurricane from Hudson Bay!
The last days of whiteout have been caused by a hurricane that has come from the Hudson Bay area and is now touring the west coast of Greenland, pushing clouds with wind and snow up on the icecap to where we are. Today that has made a day of ever changing visibility, light, wind and skiing conditions.
Some cm of snow piled up by the wind made skiing a little bit heavier. We put in an extra half hour making an effective 9 hours of movement.
Figures of the day: 24 km skiing. Camping at 2190 masl.
Happy team ready to get to DYE 2, hopefully tomorrow, as we are now only 20 km's away...
The N.I.C.E. team!
Photo: Getting ready to ski after lunch in the whiteout
Baard Helge sent this message from: Lat 66.48958 Lon -45.86292
We started skiing, screaming our motto" MOT NUUK!" Not totally different than the first one " NACH NUUK!" ,but we are simple people and we like to keep it that way.
We are slowly moving downwards from the plateau. Having completed 300 and something km we still have some days left before we reach the end of the ice and venture into the awesome Austmannadalen, where Norwegian vikings lived for some time long ago...
The day started good with pretty nice weather. Cold,but not that cold and a little wind. After two legs, which are increased to 1,10h, the weather steadily turned worse. We had a storm in front of us.
The next thing that happened, we could hardly believe. Bengt turned around and shouted through the wind "we take a half day!" On the 4th leg it was a whiteout and the wind was getting intense. We secured camp and went inside at 14.00. Unheard of amounts of time to read, eat and relax. This stuff is good for the body and soul. Tomorrow we start two hours later as the storm will die out during the time spent regaining our strenght.
Expedition got its name from this: "The MOT NUUK expedition"
The day started nice with some sun and clouds and good visibility.
After lunch we were swallowed by the clouds and had to walk the last legs in whiteout, wind and snow.
Routine day of 8,5 hours with 24 km behind us.
The N.I.C.E. team!
Baard Helge sent this message from: Lat 66.46471 Lon -45.330577