Advent Fjord

Barneo in good shape

We just received news that the plans for putting Barneo ice camp into place are on schedule. The Canadian Ice Survey has stated that it looks promising that the weather is holding and the ice is stable to land on April 2nd. That is good news for us since we are already a full month behind regular North Pole expeditions that are skiing from the Canadian Coast to the North Pole. Continue reading

Eric in a blizzard in Svalbard

Camera’s outside

You can practice all you want with the settings, focus and microphones of our camera’s in a warm house with a cup of coffee and warm fingers until you venture outside here in Svalbard. It is time for us to practice real conditions in the arctic and see if we can press buttons and adjust levels with our mittens, goggles and face masks on. We pack sleds, ski’s and gear, call a taxi and head out north to the end of the road where Svalbard’s wilderness begins. Continue reading

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In the classroom

While the wind was howling and snow falling we spent our time inside to learn the specs of one of our camera’s, testing our equipment. Mark Verkerk, film director and creative eye of our expedition was teaching us the basic things of filming. We travel with two camera’s, a D4 Nikon that Martin (our professional cameraman) carries and a smaller Sony NX-30 equipped with external microphones as a second camera. Continue reading

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Het Noorderlicht

Last night arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen it was -15°C. We stepped outside in our spring clothing yet the wind was howling and it felt bitter cold. We looked at each other and were thinking how are we going to take this cold at the North Pole when it is only slightly freezing. I am not so worried about it since the temperatures were much colder in Canada this winter but Eric left Tasmania in 30°C and he says he need some days adjusting from his shorts and flip flops to his down jacket. Continue reading

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First day of spring – Plant a tree

Klaverweide school in Noordwijk aan zee needs a tree in front of their new building. Every year during the national tree planting day, these children participate in planting greenery around the area and luckily it was their turn to get a tree themselves. Thanks to Oikos and Irene Karssiens and the mayor of Noordwijk the school got a walnut tree donated Children who wrote the best wishes for the North Pole got a t-shirt from Plant for the Planet while I gave a talk why the Arctic is so important for the climate. Continue reading

Logistics

It doesn’t matter how many times you pack it always boils down to the last minutes of the day to get it complete. There are always items you can do without and leave behind.

- Bernice Notenboom

by Plant for the Planet