Packing and welding

300 m from M3, Sembla had a breakdown with all the glaciologists – and M3 has been cleared.

Packing

The equipment is dismantled and everything packed on the sledges. Photo: Per Gunnar Gabrielsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

The drilling winch

The winch is hauled to the sledge for the last time this season. The equipment will be stored in a container at Troll until next season. Photo: Per Gunnar Gabrielsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Workshop

Jan Erik is repairing a broken drive shaft. The workshop has been moved out into the sun. Photo: Per Gunnar Gabrielsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Welding

The shaft is strengthened with a welding seam. Photo: Per Gunnar Gabrielsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Grinding

The surface is finished and the shaft is mounted. Three belt wagons are still functional. Photo: Per Gunnar Gabrielsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Shorts

Wearing shorts and hawaii shirt, in Antarctica. Tore is living dangerously. Photo: Lars Henrik Smedsrud / Norwegian Polar Institute

This morning the glaciologists went on their traverse. Only 300 meters from M3, the drive shaft on Sembla broke. After two hours they could continue with a shaft from Lasse. Afterwards, Jan Erik welded the broken shaft, so all the vehicles are now working. At M3 all the equipment has been taken down, packed and secured. Tomorrow we start the transportation to the boat Mary Arctica with the container with ice cores from the glaciologists. At the site, a weather station will also be put up.

Weather: Sunny, - 3°C. Forecast: Increasing wind to 15 m/s, snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Clear weather Thursday and increasing wind Friday.