Spaniards JosĂŠ Mijares and Hilo Moreno have completed a ski expedition from Longyearbyen to Ny Alesund (Via Fredheim-Pyramiden) on Svalbard. JosĂŠ told ExplorersWeb that it took them 17 days to complete the route that was approximately 300 kilometer.
Here follows JosĂŠs debrief:
Our trip started in Longyearbyen April 8 and ended 17 days later (two days rest) in Ny Alesund. Most of the days were brilliant sunny weather not to cold (-24ÂşC minimum)
From Longyearbyen to Fredheim we carried just a couple of days of food following the "Hgw" and our friends of Spitzbergen Travel delivered the rest of food and gas for 18 days in Fredheim. We decide to start slow.
From Fredheim we headed towards Pyramiden where we spend one day "exploring" the ghost city. We could even have meals at the bar and sleep in the corridor of the old hotel (surrealistic). From there to Ny Alesund were just a few people and the real wilderness at last.
In Ny Alesund we received a superb welcome by the scientist (specially Italians and by the Norwegian manager station (Fiona); Saturday dancing and drinking at the Ny Alesund disco...
Well, last year we tried a north to south expedition and we didnt succeed. This year we try a lighter plan and it was very much like an excursion on the Arctic. Nice weather, nice people every where and good help and support from Elea Corporacion, Helsport, Devold and Bergans
JosĂŠ thinks this might be the first Spanish expedition doing this route.
See a map of their route click here.
JosĂŠ Mijares and Hilo Moreno plan to cross seven ice fields over several years. They started with the Northern Patagonia Icecap in 2007, and have done Svalbard recently. Their other planned ice expeditions are Greenland, Ellesmere, the Northeastern Passage, Antarctica (South Pole) and The Arctic (North Pole)
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