East Greenland boasts some of the most spectacular geological sites of the world. The scale of the landscape, the range of colors and structures of the rocks is striking. Sea and land mammals, birds and large fish are numerous and easy to approach. Peop le have only lightly touched the land, and travelers are true guests of nature. Collectively this makes East Greenland a showcase of natural phenomena and beauty, and an ideal site to appreciate Earth science in general and Arctic science in particular. However, east Greenland is not an easy place to go, and relatively few people have had the privilege. Our aim is to 'bring' Arctic research in Greenland to the general public, and children in particular.
The story will be about the scientific questions that lead this expedition, and about the life of scientists on an Arctic expedition. The boys will experience fishing 80 cm Arctic char, they will watch seals, whales, fox, hare and muskoxen play; they will make visits to well preserved trappers huts, man y still standing as they were left about fifty years ago; and also experience of present day Inuit and European life. The expedition will take the form of a two-week, 400 km trip in rubber boats, in the fjords of central East Greenland. One boat will be c arrying the two father-and-son-teams, and the other the photographer and writer.
After this trip we will stay in a small Inuit village, Ittoqqortoormiit, which is the northernmost Inuit settlement on the East Coast of Greenland. From the village we will make trips in chartered cabin cruisers, to sites of hot springs along the outer coast East Greenland. The visit to the village will add a window on the people of the Arctic and their relation with nature and climate.
Scientific research will be at the heart of this expedition: Hartz and Hovius will carry forward their ongoing research in the area. Science and logistics will guide where and how we go, but it will be the curiosity of the boys that leads the story.