• Pascale Marceau

Kangerlussuaq Fjord | East Greenland

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

A treasure Hunt on the Greenland Ice Cap

Back in 1934, under the leadership of Martin Lindsay, a 3-person team completed the British Trans-Greenland Expedition. In recounting their adventure, Lindsay describes a scroll he left, placed in a cocoa-tin, with the position of the cairn marked by a broken ice ax. Our expedition is to locate this cairn.

Kangerlussuaq glacier is the largest glacier on the east coast of the Greenland ice sheet. It feeds into Kangerlussuaq fjord, which marks the southern limit of the Blosseville Coast. It is remote, located over 250km from any civilization. The area is rich with history, with signs of inhabitants and hunters as far back as 4,000 years ago.

This expedition is a treasure hunt of sorts, celebrating the spirit of exploration and the beauty of East Greenland’s incredibly Jurassic world of ice, snow, mountains, and ocean – all executed in an environmentally respectful way.

The team will sail from Iceland towards the Blosseville Coast, navigate its way through the coastal pack-ice and find a launching point at the mouth of the Kangerlussuaq fjord. The overland journey will consist of a 290km round trip glacier ski travel, with 2200m of elevation gain. The route will take the team onto the ice cap to locate a Nunatak where the cairn was placed. After the overland journey, the boat will sail south to Tasiilaq.

The primary outreach goal is to inspire us all to go ahead, dream! Concoct a crazy adventure either by fireside, or on the back of a napkin at the pub… and make it happen.

It’s a tip of the hat to Lindsay, a dreamer, who was determined to explore – despite his lack of credentials. Who was true to his motivations for exploring, simply because “one explores because, for some strange reason, one gets a kick out of doing something that is difficult.” We aim to inspire folks that one does not need to be an accredited research scientist, an elite climber or super-wealthy to live an adventure, to surround oneself in nature and grow one's awe and respect for our planet.

DATES: The team will set sail July 1 2021, and complete the journey by the end of August.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas!"
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