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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:07

Success!!!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS is in order for our team who reached their final waypoint at approximately 11:30 AM Greenland time and successfully finished their crossing of the Greenland icecap, woohoo!!!!

They overcame many, many challenges - some of them physical, like the long hours of skiing in whiteouts, pushing onwards into strong headwinds, and building walls to sustain massive winds. Other challenges were less physical, like enduring the many days of waiting for Salo and Julius. One thing we can say about this team with absolute certainty is that they were one of the most upbeat, positive and adaptable teams we have ever had. They faced each challenge with the right combination of grit, humor, endurance and humility. They had a tremendous amount of expedition experience and it showed every day. 

After a stunning helicopter flight (at least we hope it was stunning - the scenery is out of this world if there is good visibility) the team touched down in Tasiilaq, Greenland. Tasiilaq is east Greenland's largest community with a population of around 2,000. It is one of the most picturesque towns in the Arctic. They are spending tonight and tomorrow night in a hotel (ahhh!) with showers (ahhhh x 2!!) and a restaurant that serves non dehydrated food (ahhhh x 3!!!) and a full bar!!!!

We anticipate receiving some photos from the day and also an audio dispatch so check back again soon. In the meantime here are some images of Tasiilaq from Wiki Commons (thanks Chrissy from Chicago!)

Below: Helicopter and boat are the only way in and out of Tasiilaq (but no boats yet... too much sea ice!)

Below: That's King Oscar's Harbor filled with "growlers" (that's sea ice that's roughly the size of a truck or piano)