The Greenland ice cap is the second largest ice sheet in the world and was first crossed in 1888 by the legendary polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen.
The Trust’s expedition honoured the 130th anniversary of the first crossing with the team taking 28 days to ski across the ice cap dragging 60kg sledges behind them.
They faced unseasonable conditions including large snow falls, extreme winds and sickness. The team was one of only a handful of expeditions to make it across the ice cap successfully that season.
Nobel prize winner Nansen went on to pioneer important polar equipment, which revolutionised long distance polar travel. The Trust has conserved items including Nansen sledges and Nansen cookers in the early explorers bases that the Trust cares for in Antarctica.
The Trust’s short film about the expedition In Nansen’s Footsteps premiered at the New York Explorers Club Polar Film Festival and was a finalist at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.