Arctic Trucks Found a New Route Across Antarctica

Over 8 months in route planning, analyzing data and risk-assessment were necessary to establish a potentially safe supply path between the landing point of the icebreaker vessel and Whichaway Camp in Antarctica.

Arctic Trucks was founded in 1990 in Iceland, with operations in the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, Poland, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

On Antarctica’s coast, there are usually a couple of weeks in mid-winter (around June 21st) when the sun does not rise, and a couple of weeks in summer around Christmas when there is 24-hour sunlight.

What more can you ask for a ship to have?

The trucks are running Jet A1 fuel, which keeps flowing all the way down to -72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arctic Trucks have already supplied vehicles to Indian, German, Swedish, Finnish and Chinese Antarctica programs.

This allows for huge cost savings in fuel and more scientific research to be conducted during the season. In addition, it leads to a big reduction of the Co2 emissions and has been proven very reliable.

The vehicles are re-engineered Toyota Hiluxes, fitted with very large low air-pressure tires. This setup has now successfully recorded 172,000 miles driven in Antarctica.

The data has already been made available to University of Iceland and will be shared with the the scientific community.

Using satellite data and the latest GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) the expedition collected 11GB of scanning data, documented suggestions for further operational improvements and also took unique photography and video footage.

Arctic Trucks built on decades of experienced travelling in crevassed areas in Iceland and having pioneered a route from NOVO ice runway up along the Shcherbakov mountain range up to the Antarctica high plateau in Queen Maud Land.

The Arctic Trucks team was faced with an unexpected amount of ice melt, but they managed to successfully navigate the situation, handling their vehicles with extreme caution.

No vehicles had traveled this route before. The main challenge was finding a new route across crevasses and the Jutulstraumen, an ice flow that moves up to 13 feet per day through otherwise slow moving ice shelf.

On Antarctica’s coast, there are usually a couple of weeks in mid-winter (around June 21st) when the sun does not rise, and a couple of weeks in summer around Christmas when there is 24-hour sunlight.

Arctic Trucks was founded in 1990 in Iceland, with operations in the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, Poland, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Arctic Trucks have driven to both poles. They visited the magnetic North Pole with BBC’s Top Gear, and have a fleet of four and six wheel-drive vehicles in Antarctica that are also used by scientists.

When Toyota put the Hilux into production in March, 1968, they had no idea how far they’ll go a few generations later.

Without the most reliable GPS systems, it would be easy to get lost, probably forever.

Sunglasses. Here we are again.They are crucial if you want to see near the poles

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