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.

Reflecting on an epic Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition

They battled hurricane conditions, heavy snowfalls and illness, but the six-person Antarctic Heritage Trust Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition reached the finish line of their 560-kilometre crossing of the Greenland ice cap almost a month after they set off. They made the journey on skis while pulling 60-kilogram supply sleds behind them. Antarctic Heritage Trust selected four […]

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


The sun sets on another working week for many of us - have a relaxing long (if you are in New Zealand) weekend... This photo was taken by one of the team at Stonington Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula.

#explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
#onthisday in 1861, Fridtjof Nansen was born in Store Frøen, Christiania (which is now Norway's capital, Oslo). Here he is pictured at age four, by which point the young Nansen had already been skiing for two years! By school age he was venturing away for weeks on his own into the wilderness, an early sign of the groundbreaking explorer he was soon to become... 👶🏼🧑🏼🧔🏼👴🏼 #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #inspiringexplorers
Harry the Husky has found a home with Lisa Dineen (as well as Stevie and Jack!) who has been randomly selected as our husky giveaway prize winner following Antarctic Air Day 2018. Congratulations! 
Thanks to everyone who took part by sharing their photo with Harry to Facebook or Instagram. Harry and the rest of the AHT team loved meeting everyone who stopped by.

#AirDay #Antarctica #winner #husky #explore #discover
Shackleton, Scott, Wilson. National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition (1901-04). #explore #discover #Antarctica #conservation #InspiringExplorers 📷: Canterbury Museum
#onthisday in 1888, Nansen and Sverdrup reached Godthaab (now Nuuk) on the West Coast of Greenland, 49 days after beginning the crossing. The remaining four men reached Godthaab on 12 October, having separated from the other two for the final stage of the journey. 
As no ship was likely to come to Godthaab until the following spring, the men spent the next seven months immersing themselves in the environment - hunting, fishing, and observing the lives of the townspeople. When the time came to leave, Nansen warmly noted that, "It was not without sorrow that we left this place and these people, among whom we had enjoyed ourselves so well." #explore #discover #Greenland #Nansen #InspiringExplorers 📷: Siems & Lindegaard, public domain
Thank you to everyone who applied for our Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019! Once again we have been blown away by the number of applications we received.

Applications for this expedition are now closed. To those who applied, please bear with us as we process all the applications - we will be in touch soon. If you missed out on getting your application in, be sure to keep an eye on our channels for next year's announcement! 🐧🐧🐧 #explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers 📷: Antarctica New Zealand Pictorial Collection
Harry the husky with his pack @huskyrescuenz  thanks to everyone who entered to win him. Don’t forget to upload ur photo and tag us in. #Antarctica #dogs# #AirDay2018 #win
Don't get caught snoozing! There are just two days to go until applications close for our Inspiring Explorers' Expedition 2019 to Antarctica... Thanks to everyone who tagged a budding explorer in on our competition. We are happy to announce that Leah Stewart is the lucky winner of our prize pack - congratulations!

Applications are open to New Zealanders aged 18-30, but hurry - they close at midnight, this Sunday 30 September. 🐧❄️ #explore #discover #Antarctica #InspiringExplorers 📷: Antarctic Heritage Trust
The 3822km distance between Christchurch and Scott Base is no trouble for the Globemaster C-17, which has a total range of 10,390km.

If you are in #christchurch come along to Antarctic Air Day this Saturday for a fun family day out and take a look at the amazing C-17 in person.

Make sure you stop by the AHT tent to say hi and enter to win some fantastic prizes! 🐧❄️✈️ #Antarctica #AirDay #ChristchurchNZ 📷: @christchurchnz