Fun Fact of the Day
DID YOU KNOW?
The brother and sister duo, Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry snow-kited across 2,414 km of Greenland!
Fridtjof Nansen – Explored Greenland in 1888
Today for Terrific Exploration Thursday we are going to learn a little about another historic explorer of Greenland, Fridtjof Nansen. This Norwegian explorer led a team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888. Nansen and his team were picked up from north-western Iceland and set sail for Greenland. Once they got to Greenland and started their crossing over inland ice, they struggled with many hidden crevasses in the glacier and the weather was usually bad which stop them from moving forward for days. Because of the time it was taking them to cross the ice, Nansen and his team decided to change to a shorter route across Greenland in order to get to the other side in time for their pick up. It took them 78 days in total since they left their boat to get to Gofthaab. After getting there and finding out that no boat would be at Gofthaab until the following spring, Fridtjof and his team spent 7 months in Greenland hunting, fishing and learning from the locals.