GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition

Press release: GLACE expedition postponed


The Swiss Polar Institute regrets to announce that it has not received the requested research permits from the Danish authorities within the necessary deadlines. The Swiss Polar Institute attaches great importance to working with the full support of local authorities. For this reason and given the uncertainty related to the permit delivery date, the Swiss Polar Institute has decided to postpone the GLACE expedition in order to secure all necessary permits and offer optimal conditions for the GLACE scientific expedition for the coming years. Further details will be communicated in due time.

Contact person for any related question from media: Danièle Rod, SPI Executive Director
Contact person for any related question from the participating scientists: Samuel Jaccard, GLACE Chief Scientist

Gaining a better understanding of the Arctic

GLACE is the second major scientific expedition organised by the Swiss Polar Institute. It aims to complete the first circumnavigation of Greenland in August and September 2019. By gathering scientific observations all around Greenland, the expedition will be able to provide a unique holistic understanding of this region critically affected by climate change.

15 research projects and 44 scientists from a wide range of disciplines and from around the globe will be on board the Akademik Tryoshnikov. They have helicopters, zodiacs and a variety of laboratories at their disposal, and will be supported by a large team, composed of lab assistants and technicians, mountain guides, bear guards and pilots, to name only a few.

Along the North of Greenland, an atomic icebreaker will support the research vessel to tackle the multi-annual ice and provide access to the largely unchartered Northern Greenland. Seven super sites have been identified as landing spots to conduct measurements and experiments on land and along the shore. The ship will be stopping at each site for between 2-5 days.

Check out the expedition’s website and follow it on twitter @GLACEexpedition.