Greenland Ice Cap 2018 – 560kms in 28 days








Days travelled


Kilometres covered

Take a look…

These stunning images from Inspiring Explorer Keith Parsons give an insight into the team’s epic expedition across the Greenland ice cap.

Trip of a lifetime for two Auckland students

As part of a new partnership with Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Antarctic Heritage Trust is taking two Year 13 students kayaking in Antarctica with a kiwi Olympian. Mele Fetu’u and Lana Kiddie-Vai will be on the Trust’s fourth Inspiring Explorers’ expedition in early 2019. The team will travel to the Antarctic Peninsula from South America […]

Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861-13 May 1930)
Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer who led the first team to cross Greenland in 1888. Nansen was a pioneer in the fields of exploration and oceanography, and was also a diplomat and humanitarian who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Read More >

Connecting with
the spirit of exploration

Antarctic Heritage Trust’s mission is to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration. Through our Inspiring Explorers’ Expeditions, we aim to provide opportunities for young people to experience Antarctica and the polar regions. These expeditions engage people with the legacy and spirit of exploration, inspiring a new generation of explorers.

The Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition sees our team attempt to ski 560km across the Greenland Ice Cap, dragging 60kg sleds behind them. 2018 marks the 130th anniversary of the first crossing of Greenland by iconic Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

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2018 Inspiring Explorers

Brando Yelavich

Bridget Kruger

Hollie Woodhouse

Keith Parsons


Take a look at these stunning photos of Scott's Hut, Cape Evans, which was snapped in a Condition 2 storm earlier this week.
The images made us think of expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s description of the hut, and the refuge it provided, from his book ‘The Worst Journey in the World’…
“Whatever the conditions of darkness, cold and wind might be outside, there was comfort and warmth and good cheer within.”
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Credit: Dr Fiona Shanhun, Antarctica New Zealand
Before and after... Check out Conservation Ambassador Mike's latest blog about working in Hillary's (TAE/IGY) Hut.
Using archival photos for reference, Mike was tasked with constructing a replica duckboard walkway in the covered linkway from the junction box to the entrance of the hut.
Read all about it here: bit.ly/DuckboardBlog
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Photos: Kim Westerkov, Antarctica New Zealand Pictorial Collection; Mike Gillies
Today, on the 39th anniversary of the Mount Erebus disaster, we remember those who lost their lives, as well as their friends and family.
Photo: By Daniel O'Sullivan, Antarctica New Zealand Pictorial Collection, 2009-2010 season
Antarctic Heritage Trust is delighted to have their 'Still Life', which is a unique audio-visual immersive experience that allows you to ‘step inside’ the historic huts of the British Antarctic explorers, open as part of the Korea National Maritime Museum's new Antarctic exhibition. Complementing the experience are Jane Ussher’s large scale photographs. The exhibition runs at the museum in Busan until March 2019.
More than 100 years ago famous explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton travelled to Antarctica to explore the continent and carry out scientific experiments. They constructed three simple wooden huts as bases that still stand today, packed full of objects the men left behind. This remarkable legacy is cared for by the Antarctic Heritage Trust who are world leaders in cold-climate conservation. 
A century on, renowned New Zealand photographer Jane Ussher photographed the huts in intimate detail, creating an extraordinary record of the explorers’ lives. Her evocative photographs capture the conditions and isolation the men endured exploring Antarctica. 
Still Life was originally developed by Antarctic Heritage Trust and Jane Ussher in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
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The conservation team have been busy in the conservation lab at Scott Base this week, working on some worn and weathered boxes of Tate sugar.
The diet of the sledging man in the early 1900’s revolved around a limited menu and sugar was a highly prized commodity, served out in lumps. For a special treat on your birthday, you might get an extra six lumps of sugar and another serving of chocolate.
Read more about the sweet diet of early Antarctic sledgers at bit.ly/SugarSugarBlog.
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Antarctic Heritage Trust Programme Manager Al has joined the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust Port Lockroy conservation team to share conservation knowledge and expertise developed during the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project.
The team will spend five weeks at Port Lockroy, and will undertake emergency repairs, do a full architectural survey, install solar power and schedule future conservation work.
Read more about Al's experience so far, with challenges including living on a small island (approximately 3 acres), and working within a Gentoo Penguin colony! Head to bit.ly/PortLockroyAl.
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Photo: Base A at Port Lockroy
Credit: UKAHT
'In an Antarctic storm, shelter from the wind is your first priority. Given the loss of visibility in blowing snow, colour and contrast can be helpful. In 1957, the intense orange and yellow of Scott Base was a beacon to those caught out by the weather as well as a vibrant counterpoint to the white ice and snow and the black scoria on Ross Island.'
- Excerpt page 173, 'Hillary's Antarctica'
Read more about the conservation efforts to restore Hillary's (TAE/IGY) Hut to its original colours in 'Hillary's Antarctica', available online at bit.ly/HillarysAntarcticaBook or in bookstores.
Photo credit: Jonny Harrison
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Wow - This week Trust conservator Lizzie celebrated 1000 days spent on the Ice in Antarctica!! The Trust's conservation team members Martin, Lizzie, Nicola and Mike  celebrated the occasion with this incredible cake made by the chefs at Scott Base.

Congratulations Lizzie on this incredible milestone!

Read more at bit.ly/1000DaysOnIce. 
Photo: Antarctic Heritage Trust

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What better place to read a book about Sir Ed Hillary's Antarctic adventures, than in Hillary's (TAE/IGY) Hut itself? 
Trust Conservation Ambassador Mike Gillies and heritage carpenter Martin brought a signed copy of 'Hillary's Antarctica' to the hut, where it will remain for visitors to enjoy. 
You can get your very own copy of 'Hillary's Antarctica' at bit.ly/HillarysAntarcticaBook or instores. 
Photo: Antarctic Heritage Trust 
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