We are all ready to leave Longyearbyen today.

Our sleds are packed, all our fantastic gear has been checked and our route has been mapped.

We will head off in the Hagglunds over snow for a 1.5 hour drive to our start point.

We will be joining Eric Phillips anIceTrek Expeditions for a couple of days for some invaluable training and knowledge from very experienced polar guides before we head off on our own for close to three weeks. 

Our first night on the ice and we were very cosy in our Hilleberg tent, this model is the Keron 4 GT.

All bear safety equipment is working well, and the camp was set up very efficiently.