After a good night's rest the team had an early start to their last day on the Vatnajokull.
The team woke up this morning with very low visibility, but pressed on toward the goal of camping at the base of Hvannadalshnjukur.
The Expedition Iceland team had a fantastic day on the glacier today. Since their encounter with blustery winds ended two days ago, the weather has been ideal.
On Monday, having waited out the howling winds, the team left their cozy hut at the Grimsvotn Caldera to continue the trek toward Hvannadalshnjúkur.
After a grueling day of skiing on Saturday (20-30 MPH winds buffeted the team with sleet over the course of the 10 mile day) the team made it to the Grimsfjall Hut on the caldera rim of the Grimsvötn Volcano.
The team had a beautiful travelling day today on the Glacier. With clear skies for most of the day and temperatures hovering right around freezing, this was the ideal day to put some more miles behind them.
Standing at the top of the world, skis sliding on the shifting ice: Reaching the North Pole is the trip of a lifetime for some daring adventurers.
Does it sound too cold and scary to you, or maybe like too much work?
Don’t give up on the Arctic Circle. The northern pinnacle is just one spot to explore in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
The Arctic Circle is made up of the area above the circle of latitude of 66°33′ N, encompassing parts of eight countries. The sun doesn’t set here for at least one day in the summer, with many more days of midnight sun the closer you get to the North Pole.
Across the region, you can search for the aurora borealis, see polar bears hunting their prey, or dogsled and ski along remote, frozen expanses before soaking your weary bones in natural hot springs.
The team was up early this morning to load up and get on the road to the Vatnajokull Glacier. The drive took about 7 hours with 4.5 hours of it being off-road.
The 2014 PolarExplorers Vatnajökull Expedition is set and ready to begin! Annie, John, and Taylor picked up the team members early this morning and spent the day finalizing logistics, briefing, and packing up their sleds.