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.
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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….
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
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!
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...
Oh yes... Sun in the front, wind in the back. Nice skiing-conditions all day. 37,2kms. Down to 1982 mas-level. That makes it 124kms to the coast. Hopefully the weather will stay like this a little bit more, so that we can see the mountains in the horizon when are closer... Maybe on the evening of 17th of May.
The plan now is one more long day. Then a little bit of 17th May celebration and then take it easy down the Icefall on the east-side, down to the sea.
Some regards today as well. We all want to send huge thanks to Erling Aasjordet for the nice work with our dried elk-meat.
And Terje wants to wish his daughter Maren a good recovery after her eye-surgery. Dad really loves you Maren, and thinks about you a lot !
Cheers from Are and the team. Our position
To wake up above the clouds, on 2350ms above sealevel with the sun warming the tent at 05:30am is pure luxury, and you just know that the day will be tremendous.
After skiing through a cloud that rested in our path for a couple of hours, the sun came out and followed us like an old dog obeying his owner.
Skiing conditions has been good all day. Except it was a bit sticky in the middle of the day, but we did not care, cause we had lunch that hour. The total distance today was 34.02 kms. Not bad, since we were planning for 34...
It was tent-swap again today. Tent 1 Mari, Gunnar H. and Are. Tent 2 Ingvild and Terje. Tent 3 Wenke and Gunnar Chr.
The whole gang wants to send their best regards to Alf Iver Kinge for supplying the dried fish (tørrfisk) for the Expedition. We all eat it and love it !
Good times, life is great!
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We have now entered east-Greenland with a blast! From the Summit at 2500 m. we have skied downhill all day, with a little western breeze in our back. And of course the sun shining upon our polar-marked, sunburned faces.
We have been out all day, and are now situated a 140m lower than where we started, and 34,5kms further east than were we started. I just love this gang! I wish I was better at telling them.
All of them has qualities that enrich the group. Gunnar H with his routine and great sense of humor. Terje with his calmness and boylike liveliness. Mari with her caring ability to see everyone. Gunnar Christian with his curiosity and knowledge, and expertise on owls. Wenke with her positivity who is always there, and growing with the tasks every day. And Ingvild who is super-strong, always smiling and always caring for me and all the others. She has really learned the game to it's fullest. What a team!!!
We have now 195 kms from the coast, with seven days to go. Still exciting. Can we make it???
Ingvild would like to send her best wishes to her son Sølve on his 7th birthday. She hope you'll have a superduper birthday. Mummy miss you and love you very much!!! Ingvild sends hugs and kisses to both her boys; Sølve and Vetle Love U both
From Greenland with love!, Are