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March for Science – Huffington Post Article

Yesterday we participated in the March for Science in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. A small community of Arctic scientists from UNIS gather outside the Norwegian Polar Institute building for what is believed the most northern march on the planet. We hung our North Pole March for Science banner on the building and joined the crowd of about […]

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March for Science North Pole Edition

Nobody should argue the sense of science. Science is to celebrate our brilliant minds everywhere in the world. Those who seek to understand the complexities of our planet, those who have inquisitive minds and are driven by a curiosity for knowledge. Scientists can help us move forward into solving our climate crisis that we ourselves have […]

Countdown has started. We have to leave. NOW!

Last night we got a call we are going to be evacuated from the North Pole today. Barneo (Russian Basecamp) has a crack across the runway which makes it difficult for the Anatov 74 airplane to land. A helicopter will come and pick us up and bring us to Barneo and from there we take […]

The North Pole. Worlds best treasure hunt.

When Peary allegedly arrived at the North Pole in 1909 his comment was: “At last the pole is mine”. He had lost all this toes during his polar exploits and made many enemies among other explorers with his self absorbed and ruthless behavior. He then continued to ski back to Canada where he returned in […]

Persbericht: Team van Bernice Notenboom bereikt de Noordpool

Amsterdam/Noordpool, 18 april 2017, 20:30 uur – Poolreiziger Bernice Notenboom en haar expeditiegenoten Martin Hartley en Ann Daniels hebben vandaag de geografische Noordpool bereikt. Ze zijn in vijftien dagen van de 88-ste naar de 90-ste breedtegraad geskied met zwaarbeladen sledes. De omstandigheden zijn vandaag met -21 graden Celsius gunstig, zodat Notenboom het tempo kon opvoeren […]

Time to kill, time to enjoy, time to leave

We are camping  8.8 nautical miles (16.3km) from the North Pole tonight. Most expeditions would dash for the pole just to grab it, to make sure all your efforts are paid for when you punch in the 90 degrees of latitude in your GPS. You end up skiing 20 to 30 miles in one go […]

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Arctic sea ice predictions

There is huge uncertainty among scientists when the Arctic sea is going to be ice free in the September low minimum. Some models predict this century while others may suggest it will be closer to next century. There are some predictions that it may even be this summer since we already know that 2017 will […]

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The sound of a locomotive in the middle of the Arctic

In the last few days we have been getting messages from Mark Drinkwater from ESA to veer to a radical  easterly direction instead of going straight North to the pole. Apparently spring has arrived in the Arctic somewhere in the 7 million square km and the ice is starting to break up as it transport  […]

A life in the tent

People have asked what our camp life is like and what we do once we crawl in the tent. Our tenting routine is quiet laborious but also very disciplined because by the end of the day we are not only tired but extremely cold, so we need to get warm in a hurry. We all […]

If there is a God. Today he is in the Arctic.

If I had to choose a favorite day so far on this expedition, it will be today. Not just because we are now on the other side of the countdown to 90 degrees but because of the gifts the arctic gave us throughout the day. Thanks to the excellent weather forecast from Helga van Leur […]