The successful crew!
Safely landed back in Svalbard!
Inbound to Svalbard, the end in sight...
Landed at the airstrip! A great flight, perfect weather!
Now some time on the ice, then time to come home safely!
Sea ice beginnning to break up in Longyear fjord. Now back to the OPS room to monitor their progress - 3 hours to landing, fingers crossed.
North Pole airstrip support Antonov returns after delivering fuel to the Pole. They spoke to our team mid-air!
They're off, a flight time of 4.5 hours to the pole, heading 357 degrees. I don't know if the support team can hold their breath that long!
Um, perhaps a little tail-heavy?!
Moments from departure, both happy and anxious...
Repairs to the turbine by Stefan (who was happy at home in Germany just a few hours ago!). This is it, make or break for the expedition.
Three saints above the engineer's station! So that's how they avoid technicial problems - a mandatory EASA requirement perhaps?
Navigation - some maps and a large GPS - I think I know what they rely on more!
Cockpit of Barneo support aircraft
Barneo groundcrew do the pre-flight checks
Beautiful DC3 at Longyear.
Gone tech again, second occurence of the turbine problem. Time is running out: the weather is changing and the ice runway will shortly begin to break up.
View from the tower of last-minute packing and preparation.
This is it, H Hour at Longyearbyen airport. Weather is good, time to go (now)...
Just how much fuel can I get in one Cessna?!
Back on terra firma, goon suit still attached.
Moment of landing at Longyearbyen.
Dornier departs Longyear after dropping off cargo.
Tom films a DC3 landing - magic!
Longyear fjord seen from the runway as we wait for our arrivals...
1309km to the North Pole. Does that count as 'nearly there'?
A mother seal and two cubs sun themselves on a small ice floe.
It's just beautiful here - savage, but beautiful.
View from my 'office' whilst waiting for the Cessna to come back online. Tense times, the weather won't stay like this forever!
Longyear City high street
Sunset at Longyearbyen fjord. The sun will rise again in just over an hour and then stay up for four months!
The next sunset is on the 25th August!
Our hardy film crew, Tom and Laura
Longyearbyen, 78deg North - Advance Base Camp (in beautiful weather)
Aircraft gone tech!
If there is any good news, better here than at the Pole. Engineer and new injector box coming up from Stuttgart. Fingers crossed for a speedy repair before the weather changes...
Tromso, about to leave mainland Europe.