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Got the very pleseant honor from Geocaching headquarters to place an virtual cache. Since there are only 4000 permissions out there around the world I guess I grew a couple of inches of pride.
I wanted to find a place in my hometown, Jakobstad in Finland. The choise was rather easy. The very special Artic museum Nanoq. Enjoy and "Haaaappy Caching "
Nanoq - An arctic Adventure
At the Arctic museum Nanoq, just outside of Jakobstad, you can familiarize yourself with the people,cultures, and traditions of the Arctic. You can hear the enthralling stories about famous expeditions to the North and South Pole. Here you can stroll among exotic buildings in beautiful surroundings, or dive into one of the many books in the library.
Pentti Kronqvist – Polar Explorer and Driving Force
The founder of the museum, Pentti Kronqvist, was born in Vaasa in 1938. He grew up in Fäboda outside of Jakobstad, where the museum is located today. Even as a young boy, he was fascinated by the ice fields and pack ice of the Gulf of Bothnia. Pentti worked at Jakobstad's emergency services for 34 years before retiring from his position as fire chief in 1994. He was specially trained as an emergency responder and rescue diver.
Expeditions in the North
The first time Pentti took part in an expedition to the Arctic was in 1971, when he, along with Erik Pihkala, Christer Boucht, and Peter Boucht, skied across Greenland. Pihkala, who needed a fourth man for the expedition, contacted Kronqvist, who was known for his excellent condition and willingness to take on challenges. That he was knowledgeable of emergency medicine as well was an advantage. This was the start of Kronqvist's arctic adventures.
In 1973 it was time for the next trip; Pentti and Christer Boucht traveled together to Baffin Island in Canada to go hiking.
In 1976, Christer Boucht wanted to take on a larger challenge and ski from northern Greenland to Canada. Pentti was a natural participant. The third man who accompanied them was Hans Koivusalo from Vaasa. The trip began with dog sled and skis from the American air base in Thule to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island in Canada, a total distance of 800 kilometers. Due to ice conditions in Smith Sound, the expedition could not cross as planned but were forced to proceed further north. Pentti describes the last 400 kilometers as "incredibly tough." Both provisions and strength were waning. Fortunately, they encountered Canadian RCMP officers, who took them to Grise Fiord by snow mobile.
In the summer of 1977, Kronqvist and Boucht visited the Thule area again, first and foremost to make a movie for Finnish TV.
The next adventure was the so-called Finnish-Norwegian Trans-Greenland Expedition, which began in May 1981 and was led by Pentti. Other participants were Seppo Salomäki (Jakobstad), and the brothers Arild and Kjell Bronken. The expedition was human-powered, using skis and sail to cross Greenland. The 600-kilometer-long trip took 26 days, which at that time made it the fastest crossing of Greenland's inland ice.
During the years since, Pentti has made several trips to Greenland to visit the Inuit friends he met during his travels. In 1984, Pentti traveled to the Thule area in northern Greenland with the artist Professor Wladimir Goichman. In 1990, Pentti visited Svalbard with Carl-Gustav Eriksson and Wladimir Goichman.
Pentti has held several exhibitions in Finland, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, and France on the Thule Inuit and is a sought-after lecturer. Pentti and the Nanoq museum have over the years received many honorary awards and medals from different organizations. He is an honorary member of the Finnish Arctic Club, as well as the Finland-Greenland Friendship Association.
To log the cache: take a picture of you or your gps in front of the blue and white sign.Your face does not have to show in the picture. ( see example of logpicture). The coordinates are outside the museum. Attache the picture with your FIND IT log.
Virtual Reward - 2017/2018
This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.
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