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** GREENLAND POLAR JOURNEY **
LIVERPOOL LAND (Scoresby Sound fjord)
Travel by snowmobile from Constable Point airstrip in northeast Greenland to the remote northern extent of the highly glaciated Liverpool Land mountains. Only a handful of expeditions have ever traveled in to the heart of the northern ranges which have left large areas completely unexplored in winter. A fabulous and beautiful arctic region full of alpine peaks, immense glaciers and stunning views of the ice berg filled fjords. The ski journey will take approximately 18 days and will involve fantastic opportunities to travel on a variety of terrain including icecaps, glaciers, valleys and sea ice. The small and dedicated team will pull pulks throughout the expedition and be camping in full snow and winter conditions. The high icecap sections of the journey offer unparalleled views of alpine peaks, glaciers and the ice berg studded east coast. This journey has only ever been done once before in it's entirety, by a previous Tangent expedition in 2012. Ending at Scoresbysund settlement there will be opportunity to spend an evening in this outlying Inuit community before returning by snowmobile to Constable Point and onward to Iceland.
The expedition is open to cross country, nordic and alpine ski tourers of all ability levels. Those with no or very limited ski experience are also welcome to join this expedition which involves no technical skills in the hauling of pulk sledges so long as participants have good overall fitness and sufficient camping experience.
Tangent Expeditions is the leading authority on mountaineering expeditions to Greenland and has previously organised eight expeditions to Liverpool Land. No other guiding company is running, or has run, expeditions to the more northerly region of Liverpool Land. Tangent remains committed to running such expeditions on minimal margins to allow people to appreciate the true and awe inspiring beauty of these remote mountains.
The group will meet at our guesthouse in Reykjavik on the expedition start date before taking a flight to Constable Point in north east Greenland the next morning. The expedition food and equipment will be sent as air freight to Constable Point in advance. From here we will travel the same day by snowmobile to our base camp in northern Liverpool Land. This is a major expedition in it's own right and will take several hours depending on snow and sea ice conditions. The initial phase of the journey will be over the frozen upper section of Hurry Fjord and then passing over Klitdal pass to descend to the head of the Carlsberg Fjord. From here we travel up an un-named glacier for several kilometers before choosing a suitable base camp location at the northern end of the high icecap that covers northern Liverpool Land. At the end of the expedition we will finish at Scorsbysund, followed by an overnight stay in a local guesthouse, before traveling back north by snowmobile to Constable Point airport.
Upon arriving at base camp in the north, Day 1 will be spent acclimatizing to the surroundings and going through equipment and safety procedures. A short ski journey will be undertaken to a local high point (easy summit) to check that everybody's skis and skins are in order. The following day the team will make the return 20km ski journey to the very northern tip of Liverpool Land at Cape Greville. On Day 2 the main journey south will begin, with the aim to reach Scoresbysund village after approximately 16-18 days. The expedition team will be man hauling their equipment and supplies throughout.
Kap Greville - traverse northern icecap to southern extent of Carlsberg Fjord - south then east over Twin Lakes towards Inderfjord - south through col at east end of second lake - descend valley to Nørrefjord - cross Storefjord and ascend Frydendal - descend to Mariager Fjord - ascend glacier to west of Ravnenaes and on to Istorvet icecap - cross Istorvet and descend to head of Horsens Fjord via upper Emmanuel glacier - ascend to high point of Bjerring Pedersens icecap - descend Age Nielsens glacier to Glacier Bay - cross the iceberg filled Lillefjord - finish over the Igtorqortormit Ilivnerat pass, descending in to Elvdal - arrive Scoresbysund village.
Accommodation in Iceland is provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, and other meals are not included in Iceland. Expedition food will be provided on a full board basis for the time spent on expedition in Greenland. This will include camping style food during transit at Constable Point airport. If clients choose to eat in the airport canteen this is not included and should be paid for locally in Danish crowns or by credit/debit card.
There will be 24 hour daylight throughout this expedition. At this time of year sunsets and sunrises merge in to one long beautiful display of colour.
Liverpool Land typically enjoys good periods of stable weather during April. We would however normally expect snowfall at least two or three times in a 3 week expedition but conditions can range from no snowfall at all up to 40cm over a few days. The sun is very strong and day/night time temperatures will range from -5 to -15 degrees C at the beginning of April to +3 to -8 degrees C by late April. As a dry cold, and with little wind, it usually feels significantly warmer than the air temperature suggests. Prevailing winds are usually northerly in this region which can result in significant wind chill, however they will be following winds on our backs as we travel south throughout the expedition.
Level of Camping
The expedition will involve camping in snow conditions on permanently snow covered glaciers and terrain throughout. During periods of snowfall it will sometimes be necessary to 'dig out' your tent and maintain good overall camp organisation and camp craft skills. In contrast, on warm calm days it will be possible to sit outside. The group will camp in tent pairs will be expected to cook their own food as tent teams.
Experience & Fitness Required
Ski days will typically be 6-8 hours depending on weather and terrain, and up to 9 hours on longer days. The ascents will involve easy angle ski ascents/descents on large glaciers where crevasses can usually be avoided. The team will travel largely un-roped on the non glaciated terrain and flat glaciers and icecaps, except on occasions on steeper glaciers where the guide feels it appropriate to rope up due to crevasse risk. Ski touring experience is useful but not essential. Overall fitness, stamina and good camp craft and organisational skills are more important. Pulk sled hauling is not technical and can be picked up quite easily. Good ski glide technique will however prove energy saving! Clients should be fit enough to carry out the equivalent of 6-8 hour mountain walking days and have no significant knee or back problems.
There is no requirement for more specific extreme clothing other than normal Scottish winter or summer alpine clothing and boots. This should of course include windproof jackets and trousers/salopettes. An insulated down jacket is recommended
Tangent will provide Snowsled pulk sledges, North Face tents, snow pegs, floor insulation, MSR stoves, lightweight plywood stove boards, fuel bottles, fuel cans, fuel funnels, stove spares kits, lighters, pans, white gas fuel, food, toilet paper, maps & aerial reconnaissance photos, GPS, group survival shelter, snow shovels, emergency flares, PLB (emergency locator beacon), rifle & ammunition (Polar Bear deterrent), VHF air band radio, walkie talkie radios, satellite telephone & solar re-charging system, emergency flares, medical kit, client prussik loops, ropes & crevasse rescue equipment for security on steep ground and glacier travel, general spares and repair kit.
Clients will need to provide your own large rucksack/travel bag, 55+ litre daysack, sleeping bag suitable for -20'c, inflatable sleeping mattress (& repair kit), foam sleeping mattress, water/windproof jacket and trousers, suitable ski touring/Telemark skis and boots, ski poles, skins, spare skin glue, avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, crampons, full winter clothing, insulated jacket (optional), expedition gloves/hat/balaclava, 100% UV sun glasses, 100% UV snow goggles, 1 litre metal flask, 1 litre water bottle, eating/drinking cup/bowl/utensils, pee (toilet) bottle, multi-tool knife, harness, helmet, 3 x screwgate karabiners, ice axe, GPS (optional), compass. Certain equipment is available to hire here.
The expedition dates are currently flexible and can be altered to best suit the group.
Please see our insurance site www.insuregreenland.com for details.
The expedition leader will be Alan Halewood. He holds the MIC mountaineering instructor qualification and the International Mountain Leader Award. He is also an Associate Instructor at Glenmore Lodge, the Scottish National Outdoor Centre, working on course training and assessing of all levels of UK based walking, climbing and mountaineering instructional awards. He has carried out 5 previous Greenland expeditions (on foot, skis and snowshoe) and one expedition to arctic Svalbard. He has climbed on every continent, and from Afghanistan to Aden, Pakistan to Patagonia and spent last summer guiding in Bolivia.
Personal Service - all prospective clients are welcome to visit us at our home in Cumbria or Paul Walker will travel to any part of the mainland UK free of charge to meet with you and discuss the expedition in more detail and show you maps and photographs. We believe this benchmark service is offered by no other expedition travel company and supports our commitment to providing an ultimate level of high quality personal service.