Getting the swing of things

Anisa (Oman) and Ida (Sweden)

Anisa (Oman) and Ida (Sweden)

Another magnificent day on the glacier allowed the team to really get into their rhythm. Routines for setting up and packing away camp are now well-established with the result that everyone started skiing half an hour earlier than the day before because camp chores were so quick!

Maryam (UAE)

Maryam (UAE)

It was a chilly night with temperatures falling to -16C, a significant challenge for novice polar explorers, but the day provided the other extreme with the sunshine so warm the team were forced to take off some of their layers and cool down!

Mariam (Saudi Arabia), Maryam (UAE), Natasa (Slovenia)

Mariam (Saudi Arabia), Maryam (UAE), Natasa (Slovenia)

Moving in good style they covered over 12km and quickly set up a new camp, leaving enough time for a short navigation exercise in the evening. Everyone is a little tired tonight but feeling very proud of the group effort over the last few days. There has already been an amazing transformation from a group of strangers who knew little about the winter environment, into a close-knit and supportive team who look very capable in the cold!

There is still a lot of work to do before we leave for the North Pole next April, but the training in Iceland has been a huge step forward in both practical skills and confidence.