The End

The preparation

After the arrival in søndrestromfjord we have been preparing day and night for the trip. We have packed food and other things to 90 days. We pack everything ourselves. Despite the packing we have been testing the equipment, including communication, skies, burners, etc. Everything has tested through several times. We still discover things we have missed, very frustrating. KTC has been very helpful with almost everything!

Because of all the equipment we are going to use at the expedition, we have been necessary to transport it over a couple of times through bræfaldet. A mental shocker, through the tough trail twice. The first night one of the burners was burning impure which caused a terrible headache for both of us, with sickness and puking all night. That mistake will never happen again! The trip begins for real now. We have registrated us GLK and will now have to sleep on the ice. This is the third and last trip through bræfaldet - the expedition is started!

First night on the ice.

NICE TO BEEN ON IT. We can keep a speed on 2 km/h with half on our equipment.. that we are very satisfied with. If we carry on that way to navy cliff we will get very thin. We hope soon to be able to use kites!

First day on kites

After at having pulling the sledges half the day it finally was time for the kites! The wind was fresh and we got some warm clothes on. We drove 3-4 km before we have to stop. Erik was having problems with the lines, and Jesper was just drove over a hill. We lost each other a sight! Jesper stopped and then Erik was not arrived in half an hour, Jesper put up his tent and contacted their good friends in KTC. Jesper gave them his position which they gave to Erik by satellite phone. Erik now had the coordinates on Jesper. Meanwhile the wind was increased a lot. After a half an hour Erik came walking. He couldn't clear the lines and has been surprised by the wind. Now we are both much aware of how quickly things can develop out here. The tent is warm now and tomorrow the trip goes north east across Greenland!

March 18.

The weather is stabile. A nice well deserved day to rest. We entertain our self with books, music and little repairing on our equipment.

March 20.

After several of hours trying to get the kite up, we must give up, the wind was not powerful enough.

March 21.

After yesterdays experience with the kite is was with some doubt we tried again this day. But it seemed like a brilliant idea, and with fine speed we are now moving north! - finally. We expect a daily distance of 50 km when we move further on the ice. Other expeditions has moved up to 450 km on 24 hours! We are thinking on all you at home, and are enjoying every second up here!

Finally we are started. A daily distance on 56 km in only 7 hours. That is despite screws in the ice even 40 km in. That has none of us ever seen before on our earlier missions. Jesper got caught in the wind when his sledges got stocked. He was lifted 4-7 meters up and his fall costs him powerful pain in his right hip, but the trip goes on with painkilling medication and sickenss.

For the first time on this expedition we were lucky with the wind. We could drive on the inland ice with the right angle, which meant we shouldn't drive with our own force. We drove fast, 10 km/h and there was an atmosphere of optimism. We now felt that we were on the ice cap and free from the edge. Away from the dangerous cracks. There was no wind Tuesday noon so we couldn't get our kites up. It's amazing how the wind can change. We drove a couple of hours more until we met some rough ice. We should pass big humps and they lied as far as the eye could see. We tried to drive through the rough ice, but we crashed several times. After 3 hours of driving and almost 50 km we had to stop. Jesper discovered that the bottoms of 2 of his sledges were broken and the last one was also damaged. We stopped for the day and putted up the tent because we can't drive before the broken sledges were replaced with new ones. Later we found out that 3 of Erik's sledges also were broken. We knew that new sledges were important to continue the journey to the Independence Fjord. The whole day today we have been talking in telephone and coordinated with the helicopter to fly new sledges to us, which we have in reserve in Kangerlussuaq (Soenderstroemfjord). While we are waiting for the helicopter to come with our gear we are relaxing and try to repair some of our gear, which are broken.

We were waiting and waiting for our gear to come. We fixed the most of our gear yesterday. The helicopter our sledges would fly from Illulisiat at 14.30, but of course it didn't come. We also knew this; we are traveling in a country where nothing can be planned in advance because of the weather. The helicopter was stucked because of some bad weather. Where we are the weather has been fine all day. Other difficulties will come when we don't get our gear today. We have packed for 100 days, but we don't have enough fuel to stay here in more than 2-3 days. So we have to stay in our sleeping bags. We only used the burners when we should cook and melting of the ice to water. When you are looking and just staring of nothing it's incredible that one-minute feels like a day.

Finally the helicopter arrived. What a relief. Now we are not dependent of others and from tomorrow on we can continue our journey. We are looking forward to it. 3 days in the sleeping bag is 2 days too much. The time goes very slowly and there is nothing to do when the temperature is below minus 20 degrees. You are thinking a lot when you are out there. We think it would be good for everybody to stay 3 days in a tent on the inland ice and think your entire life through. The helicopter arrived at 16.20 and we have packed and fixed the sledges, which needed some care. We have now putted 4 sledges on top of each other to strength them against the strokes they will get the coming 200-300 km before we reach the plateau where the ice will be more smooth and the wind not so strong. Before we hit the road we will enjoy a superb meal from Birthe and Holger from KTC inKangerlussuaq sent to us with the helicopter. We will once again thank you for professional and caring help.

We started with an 8 square screen probably because we are lazy, but it changed when should begin. The wind got Jasper's screen, and once again he went down on his bad hips, and lay down for 5 min and then he was ready to go against the kite and the wind. The first 5 km we couldn't keep the course as we should, but after a while we found out how to go trough the wind and drove more on the ice. To drive as the compass says we had to drive about 47 degree. Today we drove 50 degree, so we are very happy about that. But then something happened, which we were afraid of, the edge which goes out to the diskobugten starts right here, where we are now. When we passed a little top of a hill, we saw that the area was so big that not even our fantasy could follow it. As far as we could see we saw the crevasse and the uneven ground. We made a new plan that we had to go south of this valley and then we must hope it not takes more days before we can use the kites.

The wind was very strong. Our tent and the wall of snow, which we made yesterday had now fall down, so we had to get up early 6 o'clock to make a new one, which we are happy about now. The weather is not like as we wanted it, but we are comfortable about it and know it's the circumstances and we are prepared for it, but mentally it's not the easiest, when we saw our self 300 km in the direction of Thule Varden in the bottom of the Independence inlet. We both think a lot, about old memories, family and friends back home. The things we all have sacrificed to stay here. But we are both laughing and have a great time, and we are both confident on that we will get started the kite and go north. A small greeting to Johanna. Thank you for your letter honey, it means a lot.

Just as fast the storm came, it disappeared again. We worked hard to go meter after meter, but luckily the ground became easier later at the day, so we just could move all our baggage. We know that we will be going to loose some of our power, but we have to do it. We are going straight to the limit now. Our knees and shoulder are the most vulnerable and we can feel that we are going to get injured. But we made it, 10.1 km with all baggage and a gradient on 175 meter. We are pleased with the day.

There was storm from the morning. The time passed and the wind kept teasing us. The time turned 12 and nothing had happened so we prepared us to stay in the tent another day. But when the time turned 14 something happened which we both have hoped for. The wind decreased and we could continue. It decreased so much that we could use our 6 square screens and 40 meter lines, which meant we were able to keep a direction, which kept us away from cracks and ice holes. The first 10 km went pretty easy. We could see the edge and tried to keep to the right the entire time, just away from this hole. We came longer and longer away from the area and higher up on the ice. The ice also changed surface it became smoother as we moved away from the area. When we stopped at sunset at 20.15 we covered a distance of 50 km on 5 hours, which is positive for the journey henceforward. We expect to reach Navy Cliff in approximately 20 days.

There was a moderate breeze from the East. Not what we should use, but it was enough to continue to the North. We know we are driving on the edge of the world, but also on the edge of what there is possible to do that is also the reason for we are here and not anybody else. We got a good start and everything began to be routines so we leaved at 10 o'clock. We had a good wind in our kite and on 2 hours we had covered 30 km. It´s incredible how easy it can go compared to the last many days. Our mental challenge in the beginning is forgotten and we are looking forward. 1350 km is long way even though we drove almost 80 km today and 250-meter gradient, which is what we expect the next coming days. But our equipment is still getting a hard time of the uneven surface and 4 of our sledges is already broken, which remind us of this journey is on the limit to what is possible. We have lost 1-liter fuel today, which makes the total loss of fuel to 8 liter. We know that we will use less fuel as we see the sum more, but we must not lose more fuel now when we are so deep on the inland ice because it gets very cold in the tent when we only have fuel enough melt ice to water and cook food. The day is almost gone and we just see the sun over the horizon. We are relaxing after a long and rough day. Sleep tight and have a good weekend.

It has without been the coldest night up to now as out thermometer is broken like many other of our equipment. So we can only have a guess what the temperature is, but we think it's about minus 40-45 degrees outside and about minus 35 degrees in the tent. Everything is frosted; it looks like it has been snowing inside the tent and when we start out burner it looks like the weather inside the tent changes from snowing to raining. Everything got wet; we need to work with our sleeping bags so the night won't be hard. It's cold, hands and feet are really getting tested. Finally we continued, but our equipment keep loosen and out greatest fear is whether we lose something while we are driving. When we have the opportunity to look we did to check whether we had lost anything. Jesper later discovered that his bag was gone. We had covered approximately 7 km on that time, so we could have lost the bag between distances of 100 meter to 5-6 km. It was cold to go in cold boots, but the bag must be found. The sun was sharp so he couldn't see so far away, but luckily it seemed that the bag only was 300 meter away. We now sit in the tent and laughing a bit of the day. We are happy and we are on road and can sense routines and flow on the journey. Thule here we come.

Then the day came were everything went fine. It all started good, but after a bit time we had to change the kite from 8 square to 6 square because of the speed. It's amazing that a little wind can get you trouble. Okay, we stopped without any problems and started to drive again with the smaller kites. The ground has now changed so it's more flat and there is not more uneven snow as earlier on journey and this means that we can have a higher average speed which we like except our sledges. The sledges got a lot of strokes, but we hope that the snow become more and more smooth as deeper we are on the inland ice. We drove 101 km and that is got for the morale, which is where it's supposed to be. We now sense that we have found the flow so things don't take so long time as it did in the beginning and we don't have some many stops. It is good because flow means everything; we won't freeze so much and the distance we can cover will also be bigger. We have the upper hand now and drives with energy in defiance of the coldness.

The wind was fine when we took down the tent and we were keen on another great day and could see the coming 100 km ahead us. But when we were ready to leave the wind totally disappeared and could only struggle to continue. 3 hours later we covered a distance of 12 km, a stretch we yesterday could cover in 40 minutes. Shit, and where we both thought it went well. We received information from DMI in Kangerlussuaq that the wind will probably return tomorrow with approximately 10 knobs, which meant a good day for us. We hope that the wind will turn south so we can come deeper one the ice to Navy Cliff, for not only we are driving along the ice, we also need to cross it from east to west. It's funny about the weather, we preferred it should have a bit windy, but the inland ice is incredibly beautiful in this weather.  You feel very little in these moments and you can only give in for the magnificent nature.

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Technical problems with one of the computers made us not give an update before now. We are driving really fast now and are very pleased with day so far. The wind is with us now. Yesterday we covered 136 km, new record. But still 870 km left.

Then we are on the road again with all the technical gear, which is needed to send pictures and text home. It has been while since we have updated, but we haven't done anything besides covering almost 300 km. The stretch we had covered was boundless, but with time it looks more realistic. As mentioned earlier, we see the expedition in 2 parts. First part on the inland ice, which is the most hardcore part; we have been tested ourselves and the equipment to the limit. Hands and feet were very influenced by the coldness even though our clothing was designed for the coldness. No one has experiences from earlier kite expedition with an average temperature down to minus 35.

We are struggling to move forward. It's cold, windy and we are almost in a height of 300 m, which makes our activities difficult. The air gets thinner and the temperature colder. We are looking forward to climb down from the inland ice and see mountains and rocks. Today we had really bad weather, but still we were capable of covering 76 km before the wind become to strong and the visibility so bad that we couldn't see the kite 40 meters in front. We have to stay close and it is in this kind of weather we realize how dependent we are on each other. It is also in this weather our experiences from earlier seems useful. We have had some air pockets under the snow and it is with extreme caution when Erik goes in front and touches off the snow, which sinks with 20-30 cm and we it's amazing that we still are driving on a glacier. We stopped before time today because of the weather.

It´s cold again and coldness is our number one enemy. It's very difficult to get started in the morning now. Everything is frozen and we feel the coldness is getting us trouble as more days go by. The nights are also very cold. Even though we have a lot of clothes on and the sleeping bags are tested to the limit. We are looking forward to get down from this height. The humidity of the air is very high and everything gets rimed. When we stopped yesterday it was stormy, we barely could see our kite 40 meters ahead. Today the visibility was good, the wind was normal and we could continue without the big problems. Right now we are experiencing how big the inland ice is. It's difficult to imagine that this ice is melting, because it would be a lot of water. After 4-5 hours of driving today we found a flag from a GPS project, which should show the movements of the ice. A strange experience now when you think you were the first. We are now lying in the tent and are ready to crawl into our sleeping bags. The coldness is quietly finding us as the sun is going down. Sleep tight.

It's cold in the mornings now. We are near 2200 meters from its full moon with no clouds, not a good combination if you prefer sun and warmth. Our equipment is designed to the coldness, but we are on the limit once again. The sleeping bags have cold pockets so it's cold when you have to turn around when you sleep and if you don't close it proper you will get punished. The next day didn't begin very well. We underestimated the wind and started with a too big kite, which we had to change after a couple of near death experiences. It's cold to change the kite even though we are helping each other it takes so long time that we freeze as small schoolgirls. Finally we continued, but we first got hands and feet warmed up again in the evening in the tent. 106 km covered, new record.

The night was cold and when we woke up this morning not a wind was blowing which meant a day in the tent. It was not worth our wild to pull the sledges because the distance we could cover in 6-8 hours would take 30 minutes with the right wind conditions. Mentally this day is a challenge, you shut down and minutes seems like hours and seconds like minutes. Thoughts are on standby and given that we do not have enough fuel to heat up the tent for an entire day, most of the day is spent in the confined space of our sleeping bags. When you lie staring at the top of the tent you can get quite scared when you suddenly hear an airplane in the far, confirming that we are not the only ones left on the planet.

When we got up the wind had changed to southwest all pointed to a reasonable day after the cold day yesterday. After three days in a tent in a warm sleeping bags going out in minus 45 degrees and driving 100 km took it's tole on the both of us. Jesper was hit the hardest, especially his hands and feet. It's unbelievable; even do we know to be careful, it still happens. The right foot is in bad shape. The skin on the big toe is ruptured because of the cold but there are no blisters which would indicate a second degrees burn. Erik has problems with his left hand and is constantly working on getting some heat back in it. As the day went, we drove 160 km, which we are really satisfied with. It is amazing how easy it can go when we've been through so much to get to here.

There was a good wind the first half hour, and then that was over. As DMI (The Danish Metrological Institute) in Sønderstrømfjord predicted the wind died around noon. We struggled for two hours more before we had to realize that it was in vain. With 371 km still to cover it is a stretch that could be done in two to three days with the right wind conditions. But the wind is not on our side. We stopped at 2 p.m. and spent the rest of the day filming. It is now warm enough to use gloves instead of mittens. Everything becomes easier; one could almost say that today was our first day with the Arctic spring. The sun goes down at 11 p.m. and gets up again at 5 a.m. so we do not have many days before the midnight sun will make our movement easier. Sleep well.

The expedition is moving again. We came out fine, but the angle of the wind is not with us. We have struggled all day to keep enough to the west so we can hit "Wild Land". I have often thought about infinity, the universe and such, but I think I never get closer to infinity than we are now, no other people than us in the 1000 km radius... We think of the old Greenland Expeditions and feel that nobody has ever understood their situation better than we do right now, infinity, cold and hard expedition life. In our quest for understanding of their hardships, we are more and more enthralled in great respect and in awe we bow down in the snow as we are amateurs compared to them. A very fundamental difference between us and them is that they put their lives at risk before the start of an expedition, they knew what ultimately could happen to them, and they were still willing, that is adventure. Sleep well.

Today we took a decision which is necessary to move forward. Rather than descending at Indenpendence fjord, we decent about 100 km more to the east and save 200 km. It is a decision that has been underway for a good while, but today we can see that it is the right decision, despite our disappointment at not seeing "Wild Land" and NAVY Cliff. As we are now we have 227 km to the decent and we expect that this can be done in 4-5 days if there is good wind. We sleep when we do not have wind, and go right away when the wind is good. We drive around the clock if necessary.

Suddenly we could feel the wind coming, it was 15 degrees warmer in the air and the wind picked up within 2 hours. Great, now we leave. The last many days of struggling we could leave behind us and just focus on the road further north in the direction of Navy Cliff which now has been our goal in 50 days. We have always agreed that if the wind came, we would drive all we could. We started out at the normal time 9 a.m. and quickly did 10 km. An impossible feeling too describe, after all those days in a tent. The unaided 5 km trip yesterday put everything into perspective. We traveled 140 km and are now 84 km from the Thule cairn and are very satisfied with ourselves.

We know that the wind is constant over the next 3 days so we are now sure to get over the ice cap and to the point we had planned. We are happy and mood has risen greatly. As we've written previously, all our mental and physical abilities have come to the test and now we will be rewarded for persistence, as always. Its funny how one have a certain ability to forget the difficult times when things go well and just remember the good. We will write again later today when we hopefully have located the Thule cairn at Wild Land. We both look forward to the feel of solid ground and the vision we hope will open up for us in about 50 km when we get a little closer to the main land. Stay happy until then.

Finally we passed the ice cap, we drove 23 hours in a row to take advantage of the wind and what a sight. It is indescribable but I will try. We ran into a storm from 5 a.m. and wanted to reach Wild Land and the Thule cairn as we have dreamed of for years. It started well the first 40 km we drove in 3 hours and we could sense land quickly getting closer, the weather began to clear up and we were witnessing the most beautiful views one can see, if you speak of nature and the Polar Regions.

We could see an area the size of Fyn only filled with the most beautiful ice formations and mountains as far as the eye could see. The air was milder and we really enjoyed the trip. One could sense how you got more energy and the mood rose a few degrees the closer we came ashore. We could see the direction we were going and the cape we had to go to, we were very happy so we put the price directly on the cape and drove with the expectation of reaching the cape within a few hours, but that was not how it went. Just as it was going the best we drove over a slope and a drop of 500 meters over 3 km was ahead of us, we realized right away that not everything here on the ice cap is on the map we have. We could, with this fall the wrong way, not do anything but to pull the sledges over a few hills about 100 meters in height over a stretch of 1 km in order to run on the cliff, towards the cape with the Thule cairn. It was mentally tough, we only barely managed to pull our sledges. We helped each other and tied ourselves to the sledges in true Nansen style and pulled and pulled. We could only keep the sledge going a few seconds before we had to stop to get the acid out of our body. It was many stops yesterday.

Finally after 3 hours of wear, we were up and able to try the kite. It was exciting, we could see the tiny piece of land that we had to go over and we knew it was at the limit of abilities. We began our 3 square meter kite not to be pulled too much by wind. It could hardly drag us through a mixture of ice and loose snow but up we came, after 5 hours of struggle for 2 km. Further on, relieved after a physical effort and just anxious to reach the Thule cairn, but no, after 3 km came another gap which we could not have foreseen and we were caught again and then spent 7 hours to move 1 km over a new comb in order to get a little deeper into the ice cap again.

It blew a good thing and we were very keen to reaching the cairn but no, just as we were ready to  drive the last stretch, the wind died within 5 min and we could do nothing but put up our tent so it was unfortunately not the Thule cairn yesterday. We quickly put up the tent and fell fast asleep after nearly 45 hours of wear only interrupted by a few hours of sleep and rest, but now we have reached the main land and can look forward to a nice trip from here on. Sleep tight.

After a very exciting day at the Thule cairn and the start of Game Country we started again after a short break and went further down through the valley which hopefully will be leading us all the way down to the Independence fjord. It is extremely nice walk here, the river snails ahead and one can almost imagine how it has cut down in the landscape over more than 1000 years. We still see many animal tracks which in turn justifies the name Vildt(Animal) land. Hares, foxes and some musk ox has crossed our path today. The musk ox are very shy which could indicate a number of other predators such as wolves in the region. We both hope to see the polar wolf, it is a rare thing, but we hope it will happen. We got of to a fine start, wind from the ice cap has done our movement easy, there is not particularly much snow and the clear ice is breaking through in many places which makes  the sledges hardly felt. There is always a risk by choosing a descent which is unknown and that nobody has driven. We can be stopped from one moment to the other by waterfalls and other obstacles. But as you get further and further out of the valley water collects more and more and the chance that you can not move forward minimized. As we are now we have 5 km to the fjord. We are at the edge of a pond which we collect water from. One chapter is over and now finally a new start.

Calm again. That means only one thing that we have to pull the sledges ourself. Driving is fairly good so we came away fine but after a few hours Erik had problems with his sledges and we had to spend one hour to fix them. It is amazing that it takes almost nothing before you feel that someone is holding you back. The damage in the sledges acts as a plow in the snow and make progress almost impossible. On to the last cairn of the Denmark expedition. We knew approximately where it should be, but where surprised when it suddenly showed up about 2 km before the calculated, but what a wonderful sight. The cairn was visited and we wrote a report. First signs of other people for almost 2 months were a sledge track from the SIRIUS. Wonderful not to feel lonely in the world anymore. We are both walking fine, but we have problems with sore feet after 13-14 hours in boots. At the fjord we saw three seals sunbathing. Sleep tight.

It has been a couple of days the last diary, we regret it but the expedition had rest days. That means total relaxation and plenty of sleep. After nearly 60 days at full steam, we needed to stop up a bit and  regain our strength this we managed quite well. We are ready again after a somewhat hard time through "vildt land" and the first stage of Independence fjord as for all who come here feel almost infinite. We can see the cape which is 4 days ahead, about, 120 km, which makes distance almost insurmountable and with the wind beating our noses it is just not motivating. But we have high mood in the tent and can't do anything but laugh at it. Cause the kilometers don't walk themselves and we want for go around Greenland before we turn towards Thule. The last days have been spend fixing our equipment, which eventually had good need for a loving hand. Our sledge situation is not as serious as we had expected. Soon we have only equipment, fuel and food so we only need two sledges instead of three so that we actually have more reserves than estimated which we are well satisfied about. The trip is well over halfway. We currently have around 1600 km back to Thule. We are a little late but at the moment hope for arrival around July 1st if the weather is willing. We are in good shape and have little damage so far. We look forward to enjoying the next part of the trip and seeing again the area that we have missed since the last time we were here 8-9 years ago. Sleep tight.

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Diary again, we are driving now as the wind blows, and must take our chance when it presents itself. The situation here in the fjord is not the best with snow knee deep. But we got wind yesterday and drove almost 100 km which means that we will soon be done with Independence Fjord and its many challenges. We had all kinds of weather and has we had yet another unexpected mental challenge do to its long extent. Since we came down to the fjord - after the trip through the wild game country - we have soon passed 300 km, an incredible distance in relation to the fjord’s length. But we are out now, after our 100 km kite over 15 wearisome hours yesterday followed by a further 20 km wear when the wind died. Now we’re at Cape Eiler Rasmussen - the trips east point -and relax. Now we turn toward Thule, however, we are going a little more to the north but we will not go further to the east this time around. Distances are funny, when you choose to use the kite as propulsion means, we can be 100 km further tomorrow or spend 4 days at the same distance. This affect us both much, we would rather stay put and wait for the wind. But we cannot stay because we must progress before the ice starts to melt. So we drive when there is wind and when there is no wind we pull the sledge ourselves. We are now staying and waiting for an easterly wind that hopefully will take us 65 km further towards our next goal on the trip the SIRIUS depot on Clarence Woykoff. Sleep tight.

finally diary again, we are driving somewhat different now. We drive when there is wind and try to time of our departure so that we get maximum benefit from it and go as many miles as possible. But the wind is not like on the ice cap and it sometimes died only to suddenly come back. We just had to find out how we can best take advantage of the wind, but no matter how we look at it we still have 1 hours reaction time before we can be ready and maybe by then the wind will be gone again - a somewhat frustrating situation. But we have come to our next destination, the Sirius patrol’s Clarence Wyckof depot

where we fortunately have received special permission to sleep before the trip goes on towards Cape Moris Jesup the northernmost country fixed point in the world. We look forward to the trip, now the terrain is again inspiring to move in and we feel that we are going forward and not just move in the same fjord in a 10 days stretch with nothing to look at. We both believe our mental attitude to things and challenges are way over average, but precisely the Independence fjord was to us both a predominantly challenge. Fortunately, we had a day with 100 km kite which helped the mood quite a bit. We feel now that we both are on top again and things are running as they should. We look forward to the next stage, we are both strong and do not have any damages as far as we cannot walk. But the trip is also at a time now when you ask a few questions, one of them being why go on tour and why 3-4 months? To answer such questions can either take 1 minute or several days with little philosophical considerations and clarifications. But we will try to keep it somewhere in between. We both wanted a long expedition to feel how they felt the old polar hazards in their efforts to explore this barren region. On a persoincurable polar fever. But in addition, it is also when you are away from home and the things that you forget to be grateful for everyday that you discover how much it means and it makes the whole trip worthwhile. We will continue

to the North. Sleep tight.

We had a really good start to our next step towards Cape Moris Jesup. We started out in good pace around. 4 km/h over the BG Schleys fjord, as in the Northern side was filled with “SKRUIS!” from polar sea that made the trip a bit challenging at the end, but we came over in fine style. We also made quit some film, including explaining the ice conditions here. But we are proud of ourselves, we tend to keep right on a cape to save 2-3 km. But this time we went into the country where it's usually always good to drive, which it also was this time. After five hours of walking and fatigue sat in the wind came. We took our kites out and did not expect anything big, but yesterday was all with us, we easily drove to Hyde fjord and over until the wind died 4 km from shore. We're excite

d, drove 60 km and are now well on the way to Jesup. We have decided to drive 8 hours of effective time, which means that there is no wind, we walk 8 hours which is quite far. If we go longer one day with wind and kite, we adjust the distance gradually. Therefore the next two days we have only seven hours which is wonderful. We will now go further to the north before traveling south to warmer climes and a ice cold Coke.

On the Top of the World

The wind continued, though in the slightly weaker form, but ahead we went. We are now 75 km from Cape Jesup Moris which is very good. We have been going hard, we do not sleep much but try to use the wind which is our friend when it blows us in the right direction. The trip up here along the north coast of Greenland is unique, to drive and look at the Daily mountain range that stretches from Hyde fjord and up to Cape Moris Jesup while the polar ice caps from the sea appears as a wall in the distance is quite incredible. It is a world-class experience and almost indescribable. The temperature is thankfully gone down again after we have had many days with extremely h

ot weather which in our situation does not fit fully into the program because we want to see that the ice along the coast down towards Thule is there as long as possible. We know that we might not be able to take all of the way on the planned route, but would then go up on the ice cap again and go directly towards Thule like Knud Rasmussen on his second Thule expedition. But virtually everything running as it should and we expect to have 2-3 days to the next milestones on the journey of Cape Moris Jesup, the world's northernmost country fixed point. The image is from J.P. Koch's cairn at Cape Brigdman.

Fourth day in the tent, the wind is blowing outside and we are moving only when we cannot keep us more, for one reason or another. Everything is one, blowing snow 2-3 meters do that we always have to orientate us when we move outside, in order to get back in our comfortable tent in shelter of the storm. We came here after one of the better days we came down from the ice 120 km along the coast past the cape Moris Jesup and the south. We were very happy in one day we manage catch up with five days of driving, but with four days of stop due to the storm, we are again behind in our schedule. Our delay of nearly three weeks has done that we've made some change in our route home. We drive up the ice cap earlier than planned so we do not come into problems with melt water and thin ice. Our route change means that we must go up on the ice cap where the Second Thule Expedition went up to save their lives nearly 85 years ago. We look forward to going this route and get an experience of the challenges they faced at the time. When we are up on the ice cap, we set the direction for Thule, which we hope to reach in two weeks. But now we wait with longing for better weather and the opportunity to move on here from Greenland’s roof.

 

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The expedition stopped due to illness

First of all, we will regret the late update of our website. But things took an unexpected turn. We started off the 3rd June kl. 2200, both tired of deep soft snow, but after a look on the map we both meant that we would soon be over the worst piece, so the mood was high, we could see an end to the slide. The sun was high in the sky, not a cloud was to see and it was calm. It was hard to pull, but Jespers tracks from the day before, helped a lot.

After 2 km and a short hour, Jesper reported that his stomach ache continued, he had mentioned that he had problems with his stomach but thought that perhaps it was a little drag. Erik put up  the tent, while Jesper found medicine. Without a word from any of us, we knew that this was the end of the expedition, as if blindly forearm inflammation, was not killed at the first attempt, it was critical now. We took a great chance at the first time, so this time there was no chances.

When we came into the tent, we contacted different authorities for  the rescue. We started it all, so now it was just time to wair. The Mood was not on the top; Jesper really had the stomach ache and took the strong painkillers. We were both very sad, because none of us wanted to give up, and none of us are used to give up. We talked it all through; we both knew that Jespers situation was not good.

Ambulance service in Kangerlussuaq did a fantastic job, to find a solution to get us out, unfortunately we could hardly be farther away. During the morning the police took over when it was a land rescue, so we heard nothing for hours, might even call and hear what happened. We reported that the snow conditions were approx. 2 meters powdery snow.  Perhaps not entirely suitable for aircraft, but not our decision, luckily we got them to repeat such reports so we were sure that it understood it.

The police and other authorities worked on a rescue, we got an announcement that they would send a helicopter from Thule, a trip of 10 hours because they had to bring fuel of the half-way to reach back and forth. But the pilot would not fly? We heard the U.S Airforce would make 3 pieces. C-130 aircraft (transport) available to help, one to fly fuel out halfway, one to fly ahead and report weather conditions, and one who flew with the helicopter. But still they would not fly. But then they would send a Twin Otter with skis (a small fly). We got a call that they would land the 4th on June evening,  we packed everything together, cut up Pulk, pickle everything we could do without, food, fuel, etc., ready for burning, because we could not get everything on the plan with us.

But unfortunately the pilots called us and complain, they had a fault on a ski, so they had to return to Thule for security checks. Quitem understandably, Jesper was very sore, but was well covered pain and his condition was stable.

So we had to sleep once more. Next morning after a looong night, Jesper had a lot of pain.We were told that the plane would land around. 1245. We tried to  talk the time away and sleep. Kl. 1230 we were clear out of everything, soon after we could hear the plane. Eric did all the excess ready to burn, but clever of injury, we have both learned never to burn anything until the plane landed. We had little time to unload the plane, so everything was ready, and when the plane landed and drove along the snow, we set the food on fire, the pilots waved to us, we waved back, but then they gave full throttle, thought Now we do the track and land again when the plane passes us, we were sprayed with snow, we heard the engine died out, what was it? looked up 100 feet away, the plane was 45 degrees down in the snow, the whole front around 170 cm down in the snow! Oops not a good position for a plane, shortly after the pilots came out, what ??????.. We said there was soft snow. We Call the ambulance service, they told the police took over the rescue from now, when the aircraft was down. There would come rescue TODAY. How, while we waited, we got Jesper into the tent again with a new dose of pain killers. Eric looked a little to the glorious bonfire with the rest of our food, fuel, etc. AK the plane was indeed landet. Erik, pilots and mechanics have a little chat back and forth about what to do. Someone said we should leave the plane? But we thought, however we will try to undermine the open, so we could get away if someoneelse could not come. After an hour, the ambulance service announced that a rescue helicopter from Svalbard had agreed to come, a trip on the 2200 km round, far. Would arriv in 10 hours. GOOD started to dug loose around the plane and made an approx. 10 long ramp in front of the skis, a giant digging, we bumped it hard with skis and snowshoes, as well as our warehouse Pulk down as bottom. We had to dig the skis on the plane free, when they were frozen solid, after 3 hours we got the plane 30 feet forward so that it again became horizontal. But the snow was so soft it could not take off. We paused at Jesper in the tent, where we shared the pilots lunch, the last meal. 7 hours befor the helicopter would arrive. Then we started to do 500 meter runway, the plane could take off at. Eric went out with skis and a Pulk after back and forth, the other went to snowshoe and stamped trail hard. Then reconnect, we had 200 meters hard stamped trail and 300 meters extra Pulk track. Hoped that was enough, so it was, with all additional 400 liters of fuel, so the plane could fly to North Station, instead of the Thule. Then 30 min before the helicopter would be there, the pilotes tried to take off. The plane got booted and went off in a cloud of snow, we could hear the engine roar addition of sudden we saw the plane in the air, nice.

Shortly after the Norwegian Super Puma arrived now we were 3 men who should be rescued, the aircraft had left their mechanic. Helicopter could not land as it went down and stayed a 50 cm off snow we got Jesper into the helicopter, snow stood on all sides in a snowstorm, even though we had stamped a space. So we were totally set in snow when all the gear finally came onboard, very coold we came inside.  Then we took of direction Station Nord, Jesper came under care of two nurses who were involved, however, under the guidance and observation of the patient himself ( He is a doctor, can not resist). A Super Puma helicopter is a big but with 2 nurses, 2 nests, 2 pilots, 3 of us and our gear, and 2x200-liter drums, there is not much space. Thank you for emergency service for super work. After small 2 hours we were at North Station, where we refueled up, got most of our stuff out, then on way to Svalbard. A big thanks to Station Nord people, always helpful, thank you for lunch and drinks. Thanks to the Twin Otter crew, the company and a great experience to dig a plane free. The trip to Svalbard was long, Jesper got comfortable with fluid and painkillers, the trip was so long that we had 600 liters of fuel inside the drums was pumped over. A nice trip, when we must focus on the positive. We arrived in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, we were rushed to hospital. Where Jesper was hospitalized and studied, after he had been asked to take a shower. Erik was also allowed to take a bath. Erik got hold of some clothes. Here we were from the 5th June on the morning of the 7th June. A steering wheel very place they were incredibly nice and talented. Jesper got better, came at another painkiller that helped, but they were still not sure what it is so decided that Jesper was moved to Tromsø. A big thanks to Airlift (helicopter) and Judge at Svalbard for rescue, good humor and professolisme. Thanks to the doctors and nurses at Longyearbyen Hospital, they treat us like we were their own children. Furthermore, we were the big news, because it was the longest rescue operation, a Norwegian helicopter ever had done while they are generally very interested in outdoor activities, expeditions, etc. So Eric had a lot of time tellin about the trip. On 7 June, we came with hospitalfly to Tromsø, where Jesper was hospitalized for examination, etc. Eric went on the hotel. On 8 June, Jesper was printed with the message that it was blind Arms inflammation, but our early treatment had turned it down, so surgery was unnecessary. However, it would take some time before Jesper would expect to be on top when he should have been subjected to great pressure on the body. Jesper had slept a lot at the hotel. Erik had seen Tromsø. On 10 June, we parted, Jesper went home to Sandane (Norway) and Erik flew home to DK. Now we are well at home both. Both, we are very sorry that we have not completed the journey, it is our honor very close, but  with illness there is nothing you can do. Again a big thank you to all who were involved in our rescue, thanks to good treatment, kindness, thanks for everything. We got our adventure, not a trip, as expected, but still an amazing trip, we were tested, and the adventure ended unexpectedly but good. We hope that we still have inspired others to seek their own adventures. We thank all our partners, you have full with our website and sorry again that I have not been late before now. The next time the page will be updated with gear tests, but we must get us so please be patient.

Sunday, 21 juni kl. 13:00 Erik opens a exhibition at Knud Rasmussen's house.

Thanks

Jesper and Erik

 

 

 

 

 

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