Dutch Adventurer to Cross Arctic North America by Kayak and Snow Kite

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 14, 2012 1:07 pm

Yuri Klaver will begin his epic 10,000 kilometer journey from Russia to Iceland via the Northwest Passage and Greenland this July. If successful, he will be the first man to cross Arctic America without machine support!

He will embark from Siberia, just north of the Kamchatka Peninsula.  After crossing the Bearing Strait to Alaska, he will kayak as far north as possible, then in an extremely courageous endeavor – he will use his kayak as a sled to cross the Brooks Range! This range is considered part of the Rocky Mountains.  It is mostly uninhibited with just a few Alaska Native Villages.

The next stretch will be by snow kite through the Northwest Passage.  Snow kiting is similar to kite surfing, but with the footwear used in snowboarding or skiing.  Does that not seem like a sick means of travel? Although it might get a little rough after the first thousand miles or so! He hopes to complete this journey in the summer of 2015, where he will conclude by traversing the Greenland ice shelf, then kayaking to Iceland.

We wish him the best of luck, and look forward to some amazing footage!