Adventure for Change has made it to Greenland!
After days of travelling around the globe, Aaron from Japan and me from Australia, we have finally arrived in the very stunning and frozen Greenland with all our gear and a fair dose of jetlag.
We boarded a Twin Otter plane in northern Iceland for a two-hour flight over the Denmark Straight. Strapped in the cabin with all our equipment this was certainly shaping up to be a real adventure and not your standard flight. After a rough takeoff we climbed through the clouds to reveal stunning Icelandic mountains covered in ice. It wasn’t long before we were over the ocean and soon after the icebergs and pack-ice begun. We were in the Arctic and boy was it stunning! Before we knew it we were over the eastern coast of Greenland and the sheer beauty of the mountain ranges was incredible, easily the most stunning and dramatic I have ever seen.
The plane dropped altitude and after thousands of photos and loads of footage we were ready to land at our new home: Constable Point Airport. It is a remote outpost on the mid eastern coast with only a few small buildings housing a skeleton crew of about seven staff. Off the plane into -20C. This place is cold.
Upon looking around you could have easily mistaken this place for another planet. Stark white ice covered the ground and mountains, whose peaks rise sharply from the ground and have been scarred heavily by ancient glacial action. In the distance is a massive frozen fjord that will soon be our highway once we mount the snowmobiles and start to explore. But before we can do that we have to set up our little village that consists of two modified shipping containers for accommodation, two containers for storage and a heavy-duty tent called the “Weather Haven” where most of our sensitive equipment will be kept at a cosy 25C. So far most of the work has been digging the snow away from all the entrances and burrowing our way in which has been great for keeping warm and building up our strength and fitness.
At the moment we form a team of five expeditioners but that will expand to seven in a week or so. Tomorrow all our training will begin so we are capable of heading out into the mountains for days on end unassisted. Part of that training will be safety for living with Polar Bears which have been seen in the area in as little as the last few days. Should make camping just that little bit more interesting!
Will report in a few days time. We are very excited to be here on such a great adventure and we look forward to having you all along for the ride.