Greenland Guidance

We provide expert logistics and science support. Are you planning on going to Greenland, but you don’t know where to start? Which area is best for my operations? How do I get there? What do I bring? How do I stay safe? Which permits do I need? How do I keep things affordable? If you and your team do not want to be confined to tourist locations, we can give you the advice and remote support you need.

We also provide local support. Greenland Guidance has years of experience running complex operations in all corners of Greenland. Running a remote camp in Greenland comes with often complex transportation options, and a great amount of equipment to ship ahead. We can help you run your camp while making sure that all team members can work safely in an environment where weather can be unforgiving, where polar bears can pass by, and where the emergency services may be hundreds of kilometers away.

Additionally, we provide short field safety courses, targeted at scientists and other groups spending time on the Greenland ice sheet. Also, for scientists looking for rugged instrumentation to place on ice sheets and glaciers, but without the time to look into its manufacturing, our experienced technicians can custom-build a variety of instruments.

Logistics support

Greenland Guidance provides local and remote support for teams of professionals operating in spectacular and inaccessible Greenland. We can help you decide on when and where to travel, making sure that climate conditions are just right, that domestic transport is available, and that you meet the right people. We can help you factor in any possible delay. We can help you decide between international travel options, and make sure that your cargo arrives in time. We can help you obtain the permits and insurances that fit your needs. We can help you stay safe in polar bear territory and extreme climate conditions. If you’d like to encounter locals or scientists when in Greenland, we can guide you towards them too.

In a nutshell, feel free to get in touch if you’d like to learn more about
– realistic planning
– field support
– field safety
– field equipment
– flights and helicopters
– the climate of Greenland
– tailored field weather reports
– shipping options
– permit requirements
– the science community
– and anything else that can help you with your operations

Field safety course

Glaciers and ice sheets are dangerous places. Temperatures can drop far below freezing, and winds can be immensely powerful. Crevasses can be hiding underneath a thin layer of snow, and polar bears may approach when you least expect them to. These are not typically conditions that humans thrive in. On top of this, the emergency services may be hours or even days away, depending on the weather conditions. One wrong decision can mean the difference between life and death. A thorough preparation is everything.

Are you organising a camp-based science campaign on a glacier or ice sheet? Or are you going to traverse an ice sheet in a sports expedition? Or will you be undertaking multiple day-trips to bare-ice regions on foot or by helicopter? We can help you prepare and make the decisions in the field that will keep team members safe.

We provide a field safety course for groups spending time on ice. The course covers the theory on how to stay safe on glaciers and ice sheets, and revolves around making the right decisions in potentially dangerous settings. These settings include extreme weather, whiteout conditions, crevasses, and interaction with wildlife, but also less obvious “killers” like slush avalanches and snowmobile accidents. During the course we also emphasise the importance of communication within the team and with the outside world, and even touch upon practical matters, such as which clothes are needed, and how to dry them at below-freezing temperatures.

The field safety course is modular, meaning that we finetune its contents to the needs of the course-takers. The course takes 4 hours, and requires about a half hour of preparation time for the course-takers some days before. One instructor can accommodate up to 10 course-takers per group, and the course can take place at the most convenient location. Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about our course!

Science instruments

Instruments for monitoring in extreme locations such as on glaciers and ice sheets need to be extremely rugged. They have to be able to cope with very low temperatures, impacting sensor functionality and battery capacity. They should withstand the pressure of snow accumulating un top, and the static electricity that drifting snow generates. They need to survive countless freeze-thaw cycles, and remain operational in dark periods without solar charging. And they should stand stably in strong winds while positioned on ever-changing snow/ice surfaces. On top of all this, the instruments need to monitor exactly what you’d like them to.

Greenland Guidance offers a selection of instruments and measurement systems specifically developed for operation in the extreme cold. We know what is needed from these instruments because we did science with them ourselves. We can build them for you and ship them anywhere on the planet, or we can take care of the field installation for you. With specific instrument ideas, do not hesitate to contact us as our technical developers may be able to produce instruments tailored to your needs.

Feel free to get in touch for a quote for any of the following instruments, or to ask us to develop a new instrument for you.

Glacier weather station
The glacier weather station measures all relevant meteorological variables, surface radiative components, and ice movement, in addition to snow accumulation and snow/ice melt. Measurements are stored locally and transmitted straight into your email inbox. Its rugged, 3-meter tripod withstands severe storms and the forces of snow compacting on top.

Ice-flow tracker
Ice trackers are stand-alone GPS units for monitoring ice movement. Ideal for sea ice or fast-flowing outlet glaciers. The ice tracker can be left unattended for one or several years, and has minimal environmental impact. The unit transmits its coordinates, which not only provides real-time insights of ice dynamics, but also allows easy recovery during the following field visit.

Ice-ablation tracker
Designed for measuring ice ablation in inaccessible glaciated regions, our draw wire ice ablation trackers are equipped with rugged tripods withstanding storms and winter snow accumulation, yet are easy to transport. The units optionally contain a built-in GPS antenna for determining glacier flow rates. Data are stored locally in the datalogger, but units can also be equipped with a satellite antenna for data transmission functionality.

Time-lapse camera
Our time-lapse camera systems are designed to remain operational in extreme cold and dark conditions for extended periods. The materials used are chosen for the unit to survive high wind stress, sand blasting, rodent attack, etcetera. Ideal for monitoring glacier calving, glacier movement, meltwater streams, snow cover, and any other process too slow for conventional video to capture.

Thermistor string
We produce thermistor strings that allow you to measure subsurface temperatures with precision. Entirely constructed from its basic components, our thermistor strings will exactly meet your requirements. The strings can be used in snow, ice, water, soil, or rock.

Contact us

If you’d like to hear how we can assist you in running your operations in Greenland, or if you’d like information on our field safety course or scientific instruments, please call us at +31 6 2806 5331 or send us an email using this form.