The Expeditions to Kinnvika


Six summer and spring expeditions were managed between 2007 and 2010. The expeditions are described in detail at www.kinnvika.net. In spring 2010 the last installations were removed. Some of the instruments we used were transformed into operations within the ESF-PolarClimate project ‘SvalGlac’ and will remain monitoring until spring 2012.

Due to weather and sea ice, planning and executing these expeditions was a challenge and a good field work school. Last minute changes of operations, ubiquitous polar bears and a ‘plan B’ mind-set was the order of the day.

Without the skilled manoeuvres of the hands governing our transportation platforms such as ships, smaller boats, helicopters and snow mobiles, we would have gone nowhere. For many of us this experience was a story of the life-time, and a large part of the media coverage on us centred on these adventures. Still, it was just another day in the High-Arctic.



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