Two Belgium explorers finally reached Greenland, completing one of the most difficult polar journeys of recent decades and documenting the disintegrating ice cap of the Far North.
From the Arctic Arc site:
“Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer have just accomplished a major first in the history of the world.
The journey across the Arctic from Siberia to Greenland had never been done until now. The conditions under which this adventure was undertaken — never able to rest and braving the obvious harsh conditions in the Arctic — make this athletic feat all the more extraordinary and places it amongst the most prominent achievements in the history of the poles.”
The two men skied and trudged from Siberia to the North Pole, then veered south and finally pitched their tent in Greenland snow on June 14. They spent 106 days on the drifting floes, and traveled more than 1,000 miles through fractured ice, jagged pressure ridges and fissured pans.