|October 28, 2013|
|North Pole Olympic Torch Relay 2013|
"To take part in the North Pole Olympic Torch relay was really an once-in-a-lifetime experience" Christian Marcussen says back home in Copenhagen again.The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 let Pobedy arrived at the North Pole with the Olympic flame on October 19 at 14:37 hours (Moscow time) after 92 hours of transit from Murmansk in Russia. The arrival at the North Pole was celebrated with the traditional glass of champagne.
Christian Marcussen at the North Pole. Enlarge
Representative for the 8 member states of the Arctic Council around the Olympic flame lit at the North Pole by Artur Chilingarov from Russia. Enlarge
Steingrimur Jonsson (right) from Iceland relays the Olympic flame to Christian Marcussen. Enlarge
Map showing 50 let Pobedys route to the North Pole. Enlarge
A torch relay was arranged were representatives of the eight member states in the Arctic Council (the Kingdom of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Canada and the USA) participated and the relay ended with the lighting of an Olympic cauldron and a light show, which was projected onto the sea-ice around the Olympic flame. Christian Marcussen from GEUS represented the Kingdom of Denmark.
50 let Pobedy left the North Pole again on Sunday, October 20 at 08:00 and arrived back in Murmansk on Thursday evening, October 24.
"To take part in the North Pole Olympic Torch relay was really an once-in-a-lifetime experience" Christian Marcussen says back home in Copenhagen again. "The event was characterized by the excitement for the coming Winter Olympics in Sochi February next year and is an expression for the excellent cooperation between the member states of the Arctic Council."
Watch videos from the event in the arctic darkness on: