Green grass, but no Greenland. Fran Middleton and Barrie Robleys kites waiting in England for flights to Greenland via Iceland (click to enlarge)
courtesy Fran Middleton and Barrie Robley, SOURCE
Toni Vaartimo and Vesa Luomalas food for 100 days (click to enlarge)
courtesy Toni Vaartimo and Vesa Luomala, SOURCE
Greenland wrap-up: Skiers and kiters grounded by Icelands volcano

Posted: Apr 20, 2010 09:30 pm EDT
Several teams are awaiting flights from Europe and Scandinavia to Greenland and Iceland after the eruption of Icelands Eyjafallajokull volcano. In the all possible problems encountered with this trip we did not foresee a Volcano, said one of the Greenland teams. The Finnish team who made an early start from Point 660 is making good progress.

Narsaq Cape Morris Jesup Qaanaaq (kite):
Toni Vaartimo and Vesa Luomala

The Fins are in Narsaq, busy with their last preparations, tuning their gear. There was a mouse in one of their cargo boxes that enjoyed the expedition food. Therefore the team had to do some unplanned shopping in Narsaq.

On April 14 during their flight from Copenhagen to Greenland, Vesa and Toni could see the volcanic eruption in Iceland and described it as awesome.

Isortoq Ilulissat, then Narsaq Qaanaaq (kite):
Jon Chalmers and Carl Alvey

The Brits have packed their food for 160 days. They said, In the all possible problems encountered with this trip we did not foresee a Volcano, Amateurs! They plan to leave on April 26. In a voice report they say some of their gear is in Denmark [where flights are also grounded].

Bull Precision Expeditions supports the two men with their logistics and World Wide Weather 4 Expeditions is doing their weather updates.

Narsaq Qaanaaq (kite):
Sebastian Copeland and Eric McNair-Landry

Planned start, May 15.

Tasiilaq Qaanaaq (kite):
Fran Middleton and Barrie Robley

The team is practicing their kiting in England and said they drink lots of tea and coffee to pass the time, but still no flight.

Hahn Glacier to Ilulissat (kite):
Mike Dann, Tim Tottenham, Simon Edmundson and Paddy Scott
No New news.

Start between Kangerlussuaq and DYE II to near Qaanaaq (kite):
Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, Hans Friis and Ragnar Sandmark
No new news.

Kangerlussuaq (Sønderstrøm Fjord or Point 660) to Isortoq or Nagtivit Glacier:

Christian Eide and Team Latitude
Busy with preparations.

Cecilie Skog and Bjorn with womens team
The team plans to start 22/23 April.

Ivar Hoel and Thor Elvebakk and Hvitserk team
No news.

Terje With Lunndal and Christian Iversen Styve

Terje wrote on their website that they keep their fingers crossed and hope the volcanic eruption will die out or that the winds will turn north before they are scheduled to depart by airplane from Norway via Denmark to the west coast of Greenland. Personally I could do without the excitement at this stage of the expedition. In any case we are looking for a contingency plan and will keep you updated.

Jari Nousiainen, Johanna Nousiainen, Lauri Lahtinen and Marko Savola

The Finns started on April 14 from Point 660. They have covered 192 km and were at an altitude of 1740 meter. They reported white-out conditions, wet weather and soft snow.

Catherine Fortier and Frédéric Rouillard

The two Canadians reported that due to the volcanic eruption their flight from Copenhagen, enmark to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland is postponed till April 27.

Isortoq or Nagtivit Glacier to Kangerlussuaq (Sønderstrøm Fjord or Point 660):
Ben Thackwray and Ian Couch

The two Brits were scheduled to fly today, April 20, from Gatwick, but no flight. They say on their website that they will try to get a flight tomorrow and will stay on the airport until then.

Spitsbergen

Dave Leaning, Anton Havas, Apostolos Alafogiannis and Ashley Haines round trip from and to Longyearbyen ended today after 28 days on Spitsbergen.

Links
Greenland:
Toni Vaartimo and Vesa Luomala - Finland
Eric McNair-Landry and Sebastian Copeland - Canada and USA/France
Eric McNair-Landry and Sebastian Copeland - Canada and USA/France
Jon Chalmers and Carl Alvey - UK
Mike Dann, Tim Tottenham, Simon Edmundson and Paddy Scott - UK, PolarIce blog
Mike Dann, Tim Tottenham, Simon Edmundson and Paddy Scott - UK, PolarIce website
Fran Middleton and Barrie Robley - UK
Nils Arne Ro, Paal Brudevoll, Hans Friis and Ragnar Sandmark - Norway
Christian Eides team Latitude - Norway
Cecilie Skog and 11 Norwegian women - Norway
Cecilie and Bjorn with 11 Norwegian women - Norway
Ivar Hoel and Thor Elvebakk and the 8 Hvitserk skiers - Norway
Terje With Lunndal and Christian Iversen Styve - Norway
Ben Thackwray and Ian Couch - UK
Jari Nousiainen, Johanna Nousiainen, Lauri Lahtinen and Marko Savola - Finland
Catherine Fortier and Frédéric Rouillard
Erik Jørgensen kayak - Danish

Webcam and weather conditions at Summit Camp on the Greenland Ice Cap
World Wide Weather for Expeditions

#Polar