Expedition route: Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay

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Map of Greenland showing Disko Bay

This Thursday an extraordinary crew of artists, scientists, architects, comedians, musicians, playwrights, composers, engineers, film-makers and journalists come together to journey aboard the science research vessel – Grigory Mikheev, from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay. We will voyage across the front of the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of Greenland’s largest glaciers moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day. The expedition will continue west, towards Canada where oceanographers will measure an ocean tract across the Labrador Current before returning to Kangerlussuaq on the 6 October. Follow us online as we embark on a journey to this extraordinary landscape. Click to read more about the expedition and our planned route.
View the proposed route map › PDF 1.7Mb


  1. Kathy Barber

    Posted Sunday 21 Sep at 00:36 | Permalink

    NASA has a page with visualisations of the annual Arctic sea ice minimum from 1979 to 2007. The images give a good overview of the area we’ll be travelling in. In 2007 Arctic summer sea ice reached its lowest extent on record – nearly 25% less than the previous low set in 2005. Well worth a look: NASA’s Arctic summer sea ice maps ›

  2. Hannah Bird

    Posted Sunday 21 Sep at 00:41 | Permalink

    International Polar Year (IPY) also have a good page online with information on Arctic sea ice ›

  3. Hannah Bird

    Posted Sunday 21 Sep at 00:43 | Permalink

    Sea Ice Outlook is an international effort to provide an integrated, community-wide summary of the state of arctic sea ice over the 2008 summer season. http://www.arcus.org/search/seaiceoutlook/

  4. Kathy

    Posted Sunday 21 Sep at 00:46 | Permalink

    If anyone is looking for detailed maps of the Disko Bay area, Stanfords in London have a great set by Saga Maps (catalogue #31151). Follow the link for more details and to order it online http://www.stanfords.co.uk

  5. David Buckland

    Posted Sunday 21 Sep at 00:52 | Permalink

    The Washington Post has the transcript of a recent speech by Al Gore mentioning Jakobshavn Glacier. “This will further increase the melting pressure on Greenland. According to experts, one of the largest glaciers there, the Jakobshavn Glacier, is moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day. That’s equivalent to the amount of water used in a year’s time by the residents of our largest city, New York City…” Read the full transcript on the Washington Post website ›