After another cold night (but one that involved a little more sleep for most than the night before!) the team woke to a whole new world. Instead of the white nothing that had greeted us the day before, we found clear sky and a view that stretched to the edge of the glacier and beyond. It felt like we could see all the way across Iceland!
We packed up camp into our sledges and set off across the glacier for our first day of travel. The goal today was about establishing a good travelling routine - skiing for an hour, taking it in turns to navigate with the GPS and having short breaks in between each hour to drink and eat regularly.
The glacier clearly approved of our plan, providing us with cold but clear weather with only light winds. In fact, it almost got a little too warm in the middle of the day with the team finding that wet snow was sticking to the bottom of their skies making it hard to slide forward.
The team travelled from 10am in the morning until 5pm in the afternoon covering a good distance hour by hour at a steady pace. All a great foundation for successful polar travel. Setting up camp in the evening everyone felt a little tired and eager to get out of the wind - but there were lots of smiles and laughter with everyone feeling very proud of a solid first day.
The evening on the glacier was just beautiful with long shadows and the snow turning shades of pink and purple. As the sun disappeared the temperatures fell, reaching lows of -16C during the night. A good challenge for aspiring polar explorers!!