Onto the Glaciers

Onto the Glaciers

The boat recedes into the distance, taking our injured ice team member away. We stand on the beach surrounded by tall peaks in all directions. North along the beach we hike, among stranded Mars rover-sized icebergs, and reach our entry point into the Schweizerland glacier system – a very long terminal moraine left behind as […]

High Tundra Beach

High Tundra Beach

Our circadian cycles declare it is time to wake up: Day 2 of our glacier trek is here. The Sun has been flying around the horizon like a butterfly while we were asleep, sometimes hiding behind a tall peak here and there. We carefully disarm the blank and thankfully unfired cartridges on the bear fence, […]

In the Land of Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes, We Are the Zoo Animals

In the Land of Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes, We Are the Zoo Animals

Island hopping is done: Iceland to Kulusuk, Kulusuk to Greenland. After landing on the East side of Tasiilaq Fjord, we are finally climbing up the hills. A few warm, 40-degree days have unleashed a pesky cloud of mosquitoes. They bite! We don our head nets; We now see the world through a pixelated screen. We cross the […]

Off to the Glaciers

Off to the Glaciers

Boulder – Reykjavik; Reykjavik – Kulusuk. The adventure has started, but we are not on the glaciers yet. We stand on the Kulusuk dock at high tide. Tied to the dock pillars, down in the icy water, a pod of dead seals stays cool and preserved. In a land with 2000 varieties of lichen and […]

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

We are off to Greenland. What are we going to see? For now, nothing – a cloud layer hides the ocean. Give me a small plane so I can fly close to the water! After an hour and some, tears in the blanket reveal tantalizing glimpses of ocean and ice. We have gone through the […]

Iron, Harpoon Tips, and Peary

Iron, Harpoon Tips, and Peary

For me, Earth’s Poles stand at the edge of space. The atmosphere and the magnetosphere are thinnest there, opening the door to solar winds and awesome northern lights shows. Greenland and its neighborhood are a bridge between the Solar System and ourselves. Greenland had its own iron age – but unlike a “normal” iron age where […]

Seeking new edges from which to bring insights

Seeking new edges from which to bring insights

I feel best connected to the world when I can bring treasures back from the edge – literally or figuratively – treasures that open new possibilities and desired futures. I am therefore agog at New Horizons and how it has literally gone to the edge of the (planetary) solar system to complete the Grand Tour the Voyager […]