Increased knowledge about Greenland, the Realm and the Arctic
As a child my dream was to walk in the footsteps of the old polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton og Robert Scott and to complete expeditions the same way they did: No depots and under the same harsh conditions.
In 1999 I crossed Greenland from west to east together with my two friends Kalle Kronholm and Kristian Joos. In 2001 Kristian Joos and I reached the South Pole after 56 days and 1.149,41 kilometers (714 miles) on skis. We completed the first Danish expedition on skies to the South Pole.
My deep fascination with the spectacular nature, the old polar explorers and a better understanding for the Arctic and the Antarctic is the foundation for POLARSKOLEN. (POLARSKOLEN means POLARSCHOOL in my native language danish)
The Arctic is under pressure due to climate change and increased human pressure. Oil, gas and minerals have become more accessible than before. What are the consequences for Greenland, Denmark and the other nations in the Arctic that the sea ice and the icecap in Greenland is melting?
Due to climate change Greenland and Denmark has huge challenges. The Kingdom of Denmark (Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland) is challenged and Denmark`s traditional role in the Arctic is under revision. How will Denmark`s relation to Greenland adapt to the fact that Greenland becomes more and more independent? and why has Greenland and Denmark jointly made a claim on the seabed below the North Pole?
These are the kind of questions that POLARSKOLEN (Danish for POLARSCHOOL) would like to put into context for students from 7-10 grade.