GC2012 – the 7th expedition IMG leeds over the Greenland ice sheet:
The course is set to cross Greenland Glacier from Ammassalik/Kulusuk on the East Coast to Sondre Stromfjord on the West Coast. From Tasiilaq expedition members will be flown by helicopter onto the Hahn-glacier at about 900 meters (2700 feet) altitude, where the skis will take over for the next 540 km (335 miles) or so. From Hahn glacier it takes about 10 days to climb up to the highest part of the Ice sheet on this route, topping off at 2500 m. Then it takes about a week to get from the summit to the phantom radar station DYE 2, surely one of the most bizarre buildings on the planet (used to monitor the Russians during the Cold War). From this strange place it takes from around 5 days to get to Terra firma – Hill 660, the landfall on the western side of the ice sheet.
Róbert Þór, the expedition leader, is one of Icelandic Mountain Guides most experienced guides. He has been with the company for over a decade and led many of IMG’s most demanding hiking and backpacking tours. His latest this winter was a 9 members cross country ski expediton over Sprengisandur-Center Iceland, from the north to the south.
Start of journey: Reykjavík, Iceland April 18th
End of journey: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, May 18th +/- 3 to 7 days
Expedition Size: 4
Cross country skiing: 4 to 5 weeks polar expedition
Walking per day: 6 to 8 active hours
Total distance: 540 kilometers (335 miles)
Altitude: 0/900 – 2.500 meters above sea level (0/2.950 – 8.200 feet)
Max elevation one day: 250 m (820 feet)
Duration: 4-5 weeks