Author: Tobias Thorleifsson

The First Explorers of the High Arctic

The first people to reach Ellesmere Island were the Palaeo-Inuit culture that spread across the Arctic from Alaska about 4,000 years ago. These people were attracted to Ellesmere Island by animals such as musk ox and caribou, but they also practiced coastal sea-mammal hunting in what is now Smith Sound. The descendants of these first […]

Ayles Ice Shelf

Day 27 Position: N 78° 38′ W 095° 44 Estimated Temperature: -27 °C / -16 °F Distance Traveled: 10 km / 6.2 mi The Expedition Has Reached the Remains of the Ayles Iceshelf. After 27 hard days through mostly rough ice conditions we finally made it to the remains of the Ayles Iceshelf. This, of […]

Adam Ayles

Position: N 78° 10′, W 094° 16′ Distance Traveled: 0 km/ 0 mi Who was the Ayles Ice Shelf Named After? Second rest day today (on Day 21) and we are all busy doing repairs and resting sore muscles. The dogs are being fed twice the amount they usually are and they are taking the […]

First Sighting of Axel Heiberg Island

Position: N 77° 47′, W 093° 05′ Estimated Temperature: -35 °C / -31 °F We are now making our way up Norwegian Bay with our course set for the remains of Ayles Iceshelf. The sleds are light as we are awaiting our first resupply in a couple of days. The light sleds are a good […]

Norwegian Bay

Distance Traveled: 17 mi/ 26 kmTemperature, -13 °F/ -25 °CPosition: N 76, 34, W 093, 15 Good weather today as we travelled through Arthur Pass on Devon Island that connects us to Norwegian Bay. Tomorrow we hope to make a good distance into Norwegian Bay proper. Norwegian Bay has its name from Norwegian Explorer Otto […]

Wellington Channel (Norwegian)

Posisjon: N 75 30.401, W 093 40.616. Wellington Channel Temperatur: -33 °C Vi er naa paa vei nordover mot Arthur pass paa Devon Island som vil ta oss inn I Norskebukten. De siste dagene har det gaatt meget tregt fordi isforholdene har vaert meget roffe. Ofte har vi maattet bruke oeks for aa lage vei […]

Polar Bear Land

Position: N 75 30.401, W 093 40.616 Temperature: -33 °C/ -36°F Just after Sigrid finished her dispatch last night our campsite was again visited by polar bears. This time it was two bears. One huge mamma bear and her two year-old cub. Unlike our curious visitor earlier in the evening, these bears were not easy […]

Resolute Bay

Position: Resolute BayTemperature: -25.6 °F/ -32 °CWind: 11 MPH/ 18 KPH, ESEDistance traveled: 0 km We arrived here in Resolute past midnight last night. The dogs did really well during the four hour flight but were very happy to get out of their kennels and back to the cold. We worked on preparations until 4 […]

Preparing for the Race…

Iqaluit, Nunavut I have now been in Iqaluit for about a month with Sarah and Eric to train the dogs and to prepare gear and equipment for the expedition. Sarah and Eric have been great teachers and I have tried to my best ability to be an equally good learner. Last week, Ben also joined […]