Pair of Explorers Plans Bone-Chilling Expedition

Timo Palo Photo: ERR
2/21/2012 9:41 AM

Estonian polar explorer Timo Palu together with Norwegian Audun Tholfen is planning an ambitious expedition from the North Pole to the island of Spitzbergen – a route that so far has remained impassible for humans.

The almost 1,500 kilometer journey across the ice fields and open water was a long-time dream of the historic Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen.

According to their initial plan, the men will begin their journey in April on skis, dragging along two kayaks filled with equipment. Once they reach the rigid ice fields, the man-powered boats will become their only means of transportation.  

Palo, who obtained his PhD in geography at the University of Tartu, has so far taken part in polar expeditions conducted in the Arctic, conquered Greenland on skis and has first hand experience in camping amid polar bears.


Ingrid Teesalu

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