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Greenland’s highest mountain, Mt Gunnbjörn, is also the highest peak located north of the Arctic Circle. Therefore, it does not just hold the title of being the highest peak in Greenland but is also the highest peak of the Arctic (3694m).

Adventure Consultants is operating an expedition to climb Mt Gunnbjörn from May 30 - June 5.  We will be posting regular updates from all of the teams on this page. Bookmark this page and follow along!

Team Members 
Expedition Leader: Ívar Finnbogason - Iceland
Expedition team members:
Travyn Rhall - Australia
Thomas Rhall - Australia
Simon Gower - Australia

6 June - Mt Gunnbjörn comes to a successful end

The team landed safely in Akureyri on the 4th of June, where they then stayed one night before continuing to Reykjavík. There the expedition started officially and that´s where it ended. Another successful Mt. Gunnbjörn expedition in the bag!

 

Even though the team got to Greenland one day later than planned, they came back to Iceland one day ahead of schedule, mission accomplished fast but safely.

You can find plenty of photos and info in previous posts but let's take a look at some more photos Ívar brought back …

   Climbing Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Climbing 6-6

Climbing Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.

07 June 2016
06 June 2016

Ívar looks back and snaps this photo of Simon, Travyn and Thomas when they were on the way up towards the mountain. The distance to the summit from the camp was about 6km. They started out from camp at 10:30 GMT and stood at the top around 16:30. GMT.
 Mt Gunnbjorn 3694m
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Mt Gunnbjorn 6-6

Mt Gunnbjorn 3694m

07 June 2016
06 June 2016

Mt. Gunnbjörn highest peak of the Arctic (3694m).
 Team on the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Summit Selfie 6-6

Team on the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.

07 June 2016
06 June 2016

A selfie on the summit of the highest peak in the Arctic.
 A view from the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - View from summit 6-6

A view from the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn.

07 June 2016
06 June 2016

They said the views were amazing and countless peaks around.
 Looking back over the tracks along the ridge. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Looking back over tracks 6-6

Looking back over the tracks along the ridge. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.

07 June 2016
06 June 2016

The tracks are visible on the ridge leading  towards the summit.


 
  6 June 2016
Successful End

4 June 2016
In the Air!

4 June 2016
Flying Back

3 June 2016
Summit

2 June 2016
Phone Update

2 June 2016
Touchdown

1 June 2016
Flight postponed

1 June 2016
Off to Greenland

4 Jun - In the Air!

Now we know that the ski-plane landed safely 12:38 GMT today, close to were the Mt. Gunnbjörn team was waiting.

Takeoff was at 13:08 GMT. We haven’t heard yet if it happened in first attempt or if they needed more tries to succeed.

But the main thing is that they are on their way and all is good.

They will stay one night in Akureyri and the fly back to Reykjavík in the morning.
 

   The skiplane arrives. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Ski Plane Arrives 4-6

The skiplane arrives. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.

07 June 2016
04 June 2016

And the ski-plane arrived.
 Mt Gunnbjorn in the centre.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Taking off 4-6

Mt Gunnbjorn in the centre.

07 June 2016

This one is shot out the window of the plane during takeoff. There we see Mt. Gunnbjörn, right in the centre of the photo.

 
   

4 Jun - Flying back to sunny Iceland from sunny Greenland

Right now (10 o´clock) the ski-plane is about to depart from Akureyri to pick the Mt. Gunnbjörn team up and bring them back to Iceland. Ívar has called in and talked to the pilot, assured him that conditions are ok. Well, the snow is still heavy and when the team and the gear is in the plane, it´s heavier than when it was trying to take off last time. But we are lucky to be cooperating with Norlandair and their crew of true expert staff and pilots that know the area well and have done countless landings and take-offs there in all conditions.

The weather is good and all looks fine for a landing around or soon after 13:00 today. It makes things easier to have people on the ground to tell us how the weather is, tell us if the clouds are likely to be teasing us. It´s different on the way out when we only have the forecasts, computer models to tell us how it most likely is.

The waiting for the plane won´t be too much of a torture for the team since it´s warm and the sun is shining. Ívar told us actually that he´s wearing a T-shirt, working on his tan I guess! The sun will stay with them cause here in Reykjavík, Iceland we have exceptionally good weather now and the sun is shining bright. A warm welcome is waiting them.

 

   The team on the way to the landing site. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.
The team on the way to the landing site. Just about to be picked up.
 Waiting for the plane to land. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Waiting for plane 4-6

Waiting for the plane to land. Mt Gunnbjorn 2016.

07 June 2016
04 June 2016

Waiting for the plane.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Ivar Selfie 4-6
07 June 2016
04 June 2016

In the Arctic… but it’s warm in the area right now.

 
   

3 Jun - Summit!

Ívar just called us from the summit of Mt. Gunnbjörn. The weather was good and no real reason not to go for the summit today. And that´s what they did. At 16:30 (GMT), 03.06.2016, the four of them stood on the summit. Congratulations! But they still have to get down and we hope for a phone call or a message after they reach camp tonight.

 

Since the goal has been reached, we will see if it´s possible to pick them up already tomorrow. If that will be the case, they then have finished what they came for in just three days!

Like we mentioned before, it took the ski-plane many attempts to take off after the team was dropped off. The reason being wet and heavy snow. Ívar told us that last night it was warm, sleet and quite windy. So probably the conditions haven´t gotten any better.

We are in contact with the pilot an we will make a decision early tomorrow morning if it´s a go or no-go.

More info soon.
 

 
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Summit 3-6
07 June 2016
03 June 2016

Simon Gower, Thomas Rhall and Travyn Rhall along with the expedition leader Ívar Finnbogason (behind the camera) made it to the summit of Mt. Gunnbjörn on the 3rd of June, 2016. They have now all been to the highest summits of both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Congratulations!
 Guide Ivar Finnbogason on the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn 2016
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Ivar on Summit 3-6

Guide Ivar Finnbogason on the summit of Mt Gunnbjorn 2016

07 June 2016
03 June 2016

Ívar Finnbogason, expedition leader, standing on the top of Mt. Gunnbjörn for the second time.
 Departing Camp on the summit bid - Mt Gunnbjorn 2016
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Departing Camp 3-6

Departing Camp on the summit bid - Mt Gunnbjorn 2016

07 June 2016
03 June 2016

Earlier today when the team was leaving the camp, heading towards their goal.

 
   

2 Jun - A phone call from the Watkins mountains

Ívar, the Mt. Gunnbjörn expedition leader, called us tonight briefly. He told us that it's a bit hard to drag the pulkas because of how the snow is. But they have now moved away from the landing site and closer to the mountain. He told us that the ski-plane also had some difficulties taking off. It took few attempts.

It was a bit windy today but according to the forecasts, the wind shouldn´t be a problem the next few days. We of course hope that will be the case indeed. Ívar told us that they will probably be aiming at Saturday as a summit day.

We will post more news as they come in.

 

       

2 Jun - Touchdown on the glacier

Great news! Our Mt. Gunnbjörn team has managed to land in the Watkins mountains area where Mt. Gunnbjörn is located.

The plan was to fly to Greenland yesterday (1st of June), but since the weather conditions in the landing area were not good enough, the flight was postponed till today. A new departure time was decided 07:00 this morning. It was not 100% sure if they would be able to land but today looked like the best day according to weather forecast, out of the next three days. So we gave it a go.

All went well obviously cause the ski-plane touched down at 11:21 this morning. We don´t yet know exactly how the weather was but good enough for a successful landing at least and that´s all we need to know right now.

Now we wait for some news about how things are going. We are confident that the team will do well and manage to summit on Mt. Gunnbjörn in the next few days.

Ívar sent us some photos while still having mobile coverage.

 

 


Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Plane Gear 2-6
03 June 2016
02 June 2016
Inside the ski-plane. Lot´s of gear of course.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Fuel Stop 2-6
03 June 2016
02 June 2016

Next stop after Akureyri was Ísafjörður. The shortest distance to the landing site is from there. Here we see the ski-plane being filled up with fuel.
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - View after take off 2-6
03 June 2016
02 June 2016

The view soon after takeoff from Ísafjörður.
 Archive Photo Mt Gunnbjorn to the left
Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 - Archive Photo Mt Gunnbjorn

Archive Photo Mt Gunnbjorn to the left

03 June 2016
02 June 2016

Archive Photo - It shows similar ski-plane and Mt. Gunnbjörn to the far left.

   

1 Jun - Flight from Iceland to Greenland postponed until tomorrow

Weather conditions in Greenland were not favourable today so the team will spend the day exploring Akureyri and the area around.

The plan now is to fly to Greenland tomorrow morning (2nd of June) at 07:00.

 

Let´s hope the clouds will find something better to do than lingering over the Watkins mountains and force us to change plans again.

 

     
 

1 Jun - The Mt. Gunnbjörn 2016 team off to Greenland

The Mt. Gunnbjörn 2016 expedition has begun. Early this morning, the team flew off to Akureyri in the north of Iceland. There they will board the ski-plane that takes them to the Watkins Mountain area in Greenland after a brief stop for more fuel in Ísafjörður, a small town in the west fjords of Iceland.


Mt. Gunnbjörn is Greenland’s highest mountain. It´s also the highest peak located north of the Arctic Circle. Therefore, it does not just hold the title of being the highest peak in Greenland but is also the highest peak of the Arctic (3694m).


The expedition leader Ívar Finnbogason is one of our most experienced guides and with him are Simon, Travyn and Thomas, all three from Australia. They are scheduled back to Iceland on the 5th of June if weather and conditions allow.

 

It´s a short expedition but still we will post here information they manage to send us while out there. The weather in the area looks good for the next few days. The ski-plane needs very good visibility to land and the only question at this point is whether they manage to fly from Iceland today, and land, or if they need to wait until tomorrow.

 


 The Mt. Gunnbjörn 2016 team ready to depart from Reykjavík domestic airport. From left: Thomas, Travyn, Ívar and Simon.

Mt Gunnbjorn 2016 team

The Mt. Gunnbjörn 2016 team ready to depart from Reykjavík domestic airport. From left: Thomas, Travyn, Ívar and Simon.

02 June 2016

The Mt. Gunnbjörn team ready to depart from Reykjavík domestic airport. From left: Thomas, Travyn, Ívar and Simon.