Friday, May 25, 2007
Svalbard Skiing Scientific Expedition completes crossing
On 24 May 2007 at 9:00 pm local time the five members of SSSE reached the northernmost point of Spitzbergen - Verlegenhuken.
The group reached the point exactly 8 weeks after leaving the island's capital Longyearbyen in late March. To the best of our knowledge this is the first Svalbard på langs crossing this year and probably the first crossing by such an international group ever. The team comprising Czech Kim Senger, Lucas Girard from France, Swede Mats Bjorkman and Germans Ulli Neumann and Hella Garny was not the first to reach Spitzbergen's North Cape this day. Fresh polar bear tracks prevailed along the coastline and the northernmost point itself.
The expedition is far from over since 3 weeks of skiing and walking remain before the team arrives in Longyearbyen in mid-June.
Notes from the support team:
To reach the northernmost point it took 56 days and approx 760 km from the start of the expedition.
The trip from the southernmost to the northernmost point was approx. 470 km long and took the group 32 days (incl 5 days of rest).
Further information can be found on 'Daily Progress' page on www.frozenfive.org.