Clingman Peak – 10 years ago.

10 years ago, 21th of January was one of my best days ever. After about 77 days on the ice I finally saw the first mountain on the other side of Antarctica. 75 kilometers away I could see the contour of a mountain. For several days I have imagine that I have been seing mountains,…

Lofoten expedition lecture and activity

Had some joyful days in Lofoten together with XXLofoten company, when they arranged a Lofoten weekend for a group of 55 salesmen. My main task was to give them my expedition lecture. XXLofoten was responsible for the whole program, and I had good fun joining on more of the activity after my lecture. In between…

Stetind Challenge Preparation

Since the 2nd of October Rune and good helpers have been around Peak Stetind preparing and waiting for the right weather window. If any attempt on a skydive onto the peak, the conditions had to be perfect to minimize the risk.  After several weeks with unstable weather Rune decided to move north to Tysfjord area,…

Svalbard Mountain Ski Festival

Last weekend in May it was time for the third Svalbard Mountain Ski Festival. About 100 happy and eager skiers arrived Longyearbyen for a long weekend out in the field. Trygghamna (Safehaven) was chosen as Base Camp, where you have several guided options for summiting and good downhill skiing. Just to mention, the Protektor-mountain, Daudemanen,…

Episode III

Episode Three of “In Jan Baalsrud´s footstep” is now available to watch on NRK NettTV. If you have not seen it, take a look. If you missed something, take a look at the link. In the episode Ronny and Rune is rowing across the Grøtsundet meeting more people. They are moved to Kjosen by boat…

Lectures

Polar explorer and ex-Navy Seal; Rune Gjeldnes is the only person in the world who has crossed both the North Pole and the South Pole, unsupported on ski. He also completed the longest ski crossing of the Antarctica continent; 4804 km, solo and without re-supplies. Rune has been given more than 300 lectures to national…

Svalbard safety course

Two first weeks of November Nautical students from Tromso university had their Arctic safety course at UNIS Longyearbyen. This was a pilot project initiated by the Svalbard University Center. Students learn about the challenges operating in the Arctic. Both in the name of science, cruise tourismen and marine transport and the cruise manuals for this. I…