Why Ski With Us?
We have been leading expeditions around the world for the past 25 years in some of the most beautiful and remote locations. Over that lengthy time we have honed our skills, logistics, technologies and adapted to maintain our mantra of providing quality, safe and successful expeditions. In Greenland we have a wealth of experience on the ice cap, with crossings in 2012, 2013 and 2016, and have a passion for providing a valuable and rewarding expedition experience for our team members. We have expert knowledge of the safest and fastest route through the tricky initial ice fall section, which saves days, and know the best route through a myriad of 'ice hills' to reach the Dye 2 radar station. Our equipment selection is perfectly refined to this expedition, ensuring your safety and ensuring that the sled weights are as low as feasible, making for a far more enjoyable expedition experience. Our expert knowledge and experience on Greenland crossings is of paramount importance to a successful, enjoyable expedition.
We look to provide high quality at every leg of the journey, and work hard to improve every expedition. Be it experienced guides, menu plans, member-to-guide ratios, equipment use, we review every detail with great care and put enormous attention to preparing a successful and fantastic expedition experience for our team members. Our expedition is a full ice cap crossing, starting in the west on land and ending in the east on land, rather than inferior east-west crossings which typically take a short-cut by way of helicopter to a point on the eastern side of the ice cap to start their expedition.
Team Philosophy and Safety:
In demanding terrain such as the Greenland ice cap, we always try to err on the conservative side when making decisions. The foundation of our goal - to be as safe as possible - is based on our team philosophy, whereby our team and guide work together to make decisions and minimise risk for team members. When in a difficult predicament on the ice cap, the support of the whole team can turn problems into manageable solutions.
Professional expedition guides:
With Ice Horizons, you will be led by professional guides. Our guides are experienced ice cap veterans. Combined with our local logistic support staff, this provides you with the highest level of safety and support. We don't just lead this expedition, but strive to teach team members the skills and knowledge that will not only enable them to cross the Greenland ice cap, but go on to do other polar expeditions such as skiing to the south pole and north pole.
Ice Horizons is committed to smaller team sizes, which is an important difference between us and other operators. With a preparedness to undertake this expedition with a minimum of 2 team members (or even 1 team member subject to a single supplement), unlike other operators we are not time-wasters that cancel expeditions due to insufficient numbers or imprecise dates. Our 2019 expedition is confirmed and shall commence on 17 April 2019.
We allow 28 days (plus up to a further week for additional skiing and travel to/from Greenland) on the ice which allows for bad weather and slower conditions and adequate rest and time to properly explore the DYE Radar Station. This also allows for a sufficient safety buffer as opposed to expeditions that seek to cross the ice in an unrealistic short period of time.
Meals on the expedition:
We provide an ample amount of the highest quality expedition food available. We recognise that food is an integral part of a successful and enjoyable expedition and strive to ensure that everyone on the team is satisfied with our food selection.
We carry an extensive expedition medical kit and have access by satellite telephone 24/7 to our designated team doctor. Our guides are Wilderness First Aid qualified.
We carry a satellite telephone enabling you to send emails and SMS to family, friends and for your business.
Experience required for expedition members:
We are looking for experienced expeditioners, for whom the Greenland ice cap is the next step in their expedition careers. Our team will be in top physical condition and ready to meet the challenges the ice cap presents. It is important that your previous expedition experience includes previous cold climate conditions. It is also important that a team member be able to work well with others and be willing to commit to a group effort over the 4-5 weeks. This team effort makes for a more enjoyable expedition. You will be exposed to a completely different routine and dynamic during the expedition, and as a member it is your responsibility to treat the other team members with respect. This ability is as important as your expedition skills.
Ice Horizons ensures family, friends, and the general public can follow the team on the expedition over the ice cap through daily updates of our blog on the expedition website.
Ice Horizons will provide full gear recommendations to assist with your expedition questions and preparations. Our personal equipment list provided to team members is a 20 page highly detailed document specific to Greenland conditions explaining what personal equipment you need, why you need it, and where you can get it. We can arrange 'personal shopping' assistance with our contact stores in the UK and Norway, with good discounts on store prices. And we conduct regular Skype and in-person (where suitable) meetings with team members, as well as regular email correspondence, so that your gear selection for the expedition is perfect.
There are many reasons to choose a particular guide service, but there are five main areas of concern that you should look at carefully:
1. Safety Philosophy
3. Logistics in-country
4. Pre-Trip Planning
5. Successful Expedition Outcomes
In all five categories, Ice Horizons strives to achieve the highest outcome achievable.
Finally, be mindful to avoid choosing lower cost guide services, because when it comes to Greenland crossings, much like climbing Everest, you get what you pay for. And as with Everest, your enjoyment and safety need to be assured on the ice cap. Poorly prepared and lead expeditions are at a real risk of failure and/or loss of life on the unforgiving Greenland ice cap.