In 2018 Antarctic Heritage Trust took four young explorers 560km across the Greenland ice cap, in an epic expedition honouring Fridtjof Nansen’s first crossing 130 years ago. The explorers included a record-setting trailblazer, a New Zealand endurance athlete, a respected international videographer and an intrepid Australian adventurer (who once slept for nearly three months to overcome a head injury). The team took 28 days to ski across the ice cap dragging sleds behind them. They faced unprecedented levels of snow, Arctic hurricanes and sickness, in a season where only a handful of teams made it across the ice successfully. In Nansen’s Footsteps documents this journey and is the Trust’s third Inspiring Explorers’ film.
What was your favourite part of the trip? I really enjoyed the structure of the trip. It was amazing to be part of something different from what we normally do when we go on an expedition with a team of kayakers. We were a much bigger group but everyone brought something into the scene that […]
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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 >
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.