Saved by helicopter

Monday 19th March. Posted by Ben Keisling

Hello from underneath Engabreen!

My name is Ben Keisling, and I am a third-year Physics student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. I came to the tunnel with Knut Christianson, a faculty member at St. Olaf College who recently received a Ph.D. from Penn State University, and Peter Burkett, a staff glaciologist at Penn State. We’ve come to the tunnel to reinstall a few geophones installed in the tunnel walls that we use to measure icequakes and cracking in the glacier.

Last night, after watching 10 centimeters of snow fall as we ate dinner in Glomfjord, we feared we would have to hike up to the tunnel entrance. Fortunately, this morning we were greeted with clear skies and a bit of sunshine, perfect weather for a helicopter to drop the seven of us (including the other researchers from Oslo) at the entrance to the tunnel.

(Photo 1: The group outside the tunnel entrance)

(Photo 2: French student Coline Mollaret)