Oct. 8: Marine Explorer Thorleif Thorleifsson Public Lecture
Norwegian mariner Thorleif Thorleifsson will present a public lecture on "A voyage Around the North Pole: Modern Exploration and Climate Change” on Monday, Oct. 8, in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
In 2010, Thorleifsson and Børge Ousland became the first people to sail around the Arctic in one, short season. Their voyage took them through the Northern Sea route in Russia, the Northwest Passage in Canada and across the North Atlantic back to Norway in a race against time and in waters with drilling ice, increasing darkness and autumn gales. They succeeded due to their own innovation, use of state‐of‐the-art communication technology, good teamwork and combinations of thorough preparation and improvisation.
His lecture will assess the state of the actual physical environment in the Arctic and its impact on the strategic environment. He will also discuss his voyage, the challenges and environmental changes encountered along the way, as well as the Norwegian history of Arctic exploration and explorers of the past.