The Crown Prince crosses the Greenland ice sheet
Yesterday, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon embarked on a mediation expedition across the Greenland ice sheet. The expedition aims to help spread knowledge about polar history and the important scientific research that takes place in the Arctic.
The Crown Prince has been invited as an expedition member of UiT Norwegian Arctic University. The university has a long tradition of Arctic research and dissemination, and through the dissemination expedition "Across the Great Glacier", they mark that it is 50 years since the official opening of the university and 150 years since Tromsø Museum was established.
- It is nice to be invited by UiT to join the expedition, and a fantastic way to mark that it is fifty years since my grandfather opened the university. This is a dissemination expedition, where we will talk about polar history, Arctic outdoor life and climate research, topics I am interested in and think are important, said the Crown Prince when he arrived in Ilulissat west of Greenland this afternoon (Kalaallit Nunaat).
With the help of kites and skis, the expedition members will cross white plains up to 3000 meters thick inland ice. The Crown Prince participates in the first part of the dissemination expedition.
It starts on the inland ice at Ilulissat on the west coast of Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat), crosses the Greenland ice and comes down at Daneborg on the east coast in early June.
- We are going up on the ice and first 800 kilometers into EastGRIP. I look forward to meeting the researchers there and learning more about the research they do on climate and ice melting here in Greenland, before we travel further towards the east coast.
The expedition has a diary that will be updated trough the triphttps://uit.no/uit-i-arktis/ekspedisjonsdagbok