The 'Advance Party' of Natasa, Susan, Asma and Felicity have arrived in Longyearbyen, capital of Svalbard and the half-way stop between Europe and the North Pole. It is here that the team will catch a flight to the floating ice station near 89 degrees North.
For now they have set up in a workspace and have started sorting through all the clothing, camping equipment and gear that came with them. There is lots to do before the rest of the team arrives in the coming weeks, and before they take the next step closer to the North Pole.
Longyearbyen is a nice place to be in the meantime. It is crisp and clear weather, -17C, surrounded by Arctic scenery....and just a little closer to the North Pole than being at home!