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40-day Greenland Kite Hike Underway

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40-day Greenland Kite Hike Underway

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Five Icelandic mountaineering enthusiasts are today setting off on a 1,200-kilometer (746-mile) trek along the east coast of Greenland.

The expedition should take them around 40 days to complete and will be sped up in places with the use of a specialist kite/sail which will use the wind to drag them along. This will be the first trek of its type.

The five men, Leifur Örn Svavarsson, Hallgrímur Magnússon, Einar Stefánsson, Tómas Júlíusson and Skúli Magnússon, set off for Greenland from Akureyri yesterday, RÚV reports.

Preparations for the epic journey have been going on for months.

After their arrival in eastern Greenland—which is sparsely populated, even by Greenland’s extreme standards—they are heading off along Scoresbysund and then inland to the Greenland ice sheet.

The expedition will be led part of the way by experienced Greenlandic guides with dogsleds and the men will use the wind in their giant sail/kite to pull them along, if and when the conditions allow.

Though the plan is to make the trip in 40 days, the weather in Greenland is highly unpredictable and the expedition could easily be delayed by several days.

You can find out all about the expedition, in English, here.

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