Frozen Five Sets Out on Scientific Skiing Expedition in Svalbard
by admin ~ March 28th, 2007
March 29 marks the beginning of the Frozen Five expedition across Spitzbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. Expedition members range in age from 22-28, and will ski 1,000 km with five re-supply depots along the way. Highlights of their route include visits to a mining settlement, a polish research station, a research vessel frozen in sea ice, a trapper’s cabin, crossing fjords and glaciers, climbing peak Hornsundtind, and attempting to avoid the up to 3,000 polar bears that inhabit the Svalbard Islands. The expedition includes an education and outreach component, and will raise awareness for arctic issues and climate change through their website, school presentations, and various media presentations after their trip. You can keep track of the expedition on their blog, which features news, field reports (in four languages), and photos from their trip.