Take part in a new way of scientific expeditions: In january 2022 two teams will pack all they need into sledbags, fix them on dogsleds and head out into the norwegian wilderness to gather samples of melting water and snow. These samples will then be brought back to the german University of Furtwangen where microplastic particels and other sediments will be filtered. Our goal is, to get a deeper understanding of the fragile arctic enviroment as a yardstick for the pollution of our planet. Following former scientific expeditions into the arctic, PURE ICE will be the first that combines sleddog sports with gathering scientific data of in the Finnmark.

ABOUT THE ENVIROnMENT

We will get out into the wilderness of the Ifjordfjellet. Our route will be around 300 km long and cross the fjell from south to north. 

The environment around Ifjord is located in the subpolar zone and around 1500 squarekilometers wide. In january tempretaures can be around -20 degrees celsius with strong winds.  there will be around 4 hours of daylight.

About the dogs

We will be accoimpanied by some of the greatest athletes of this world: Alaskan Huskies. With their ability to run for days and pulling heavy weight sleds through deep snow, they are the perfect teammembers for the subarcitc enviroment.

Alaskan Huskies might be one of the top athletes in this world. With their specialized  It´s easy for them to run for a long time in the harsh arctic conditions. Even in a snowstorm they will not be afraid, instead, they keep on pulling the sleds until the teams can find a safe spot to rest.  

About our scientific approach

Our approach is linking sustainable adventures with modern scientific methods: We will move on dogsleds without motorized support and collect samples which will be send to the university of Furtwangen for further analyzings. 

The team of Dr. Andreas Fath will bring high quality filters, that are made to resist the icy condistions and help us, to filtrate melting water „in the field“. The samples will then be analyzed in Germany and put together in a greater context to have a deeper understanding of microplastic spread worldwide.

ABOUT THE Equipment

Every piece we need has to be brought up north and then carried in our sleds. This requires a good logistic planning 

Not only do we have to bring the scientific material, but also everything else we need in the wilderness. This  includes a lot of clothes but also dogfood, food for every participant, emergency equipment etc. Most of the equipment be brought up north with our jeeps as the guides start their journey with their small dogteam in Germany. The equipment will then be seperated into the sleds.

More News

As this expedition is an ongoing project, milestones will be mentoined here.

Alaskan Huskies might be one of the top athletes in this world. With their specialized  It´s easy for them to run for a long time in the harsh arctic conditions. Even in a snowstorm they will not be afraid, instead, they keep on pulling the sleds until the teams can find a safe spot to rest.  

More news will be here

As this expedition is an ongoing project, milestones will be mentoined here.

Alaskan Huskies might be one of the top athletes in this world. With their specialized  It´s easy for them to run for a long time in the harsh arctic conditions. Even in a snowstorm they will not be afraid, instead, they keep on pulling the sleds until the teams can find a safe spot to rest.  

Stephanie Betzel

Guide

Mario Kümmel

Coordinator

Wera Uschakowa

Documentation&Film

Reducing our impact and face nature

While our equipment needs to be transported up north in cars, the expeditionteams will face nature on dogsleds. A century-old way of transporting things through one of the harshest conditions: While the first dogsleds were made by the indigenous inhabitants of Greenland, the idea for the modern sleds came up in the late 1920th. Since then materials are constantly getting more durable and heavy wooden sleds are now mixed with lightweight aluminium cionstructions.

 Stephanie and Willem have a long experience guiding expeditions in the target area. Since 2014 they are working together with Tana Husky to bring people out in the wild and face nature. They are competing in races with their own dogteam and already made several solo expeditions in the past, like crossing parts of the Ifjordfjell on snowshoes or going around the Fjell on dogsleds.

Analyzing samples and understand nature

All samples will be taken from meltingwater or snow along a carefully choosen route. The places for taking samples are choosen in a way, so that the analytic results can give an answer on how and where microplastic gets into nature. The samples will be taken by scientist and specially trained teammembers to ensure that they include no contamination. After the first expedition at mid january, there will be another expedition at the end of january to get a second control result.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Fath will bring the samples back to Germany for analysing them. He is a long time chemistry professor and author who is specialized in microplastics. Besides teaching at the University of Furtwangen, he leads stunning expeditions like swimming 1231 km through the rhine to collect samples and giving waterpollution the spotlight it needs. 

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