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Video of the Week: First 4×4 Crossing of Greenland Ice Cap

Let’s take a moment to travel back to the turn of the millennium. It was 1999, a gallon of gas was $1.22, Napster had just been released, Britney Spears was on the top 100, Bill Clinton was on trial for impeachment, and half of the world was in a panic that the Y2k computer glitch would end society as we know it. Times were interesting, to say the least, and most of us didn’t even notice the seven adventurers who were about to make history on Greenland, the largest island in the world. These experienced guides, travelers, and mechanics planned to be the first people to drive coast to coast over the country’s frigid and unforgiving ice cap, demonstrating the versatility of the modern 4×4. Their vehicles of choice were 80 Series Land Cruisers built by Arctic Trucks, and they were loaded with all of the latest and greatest gear of the time. The ensuing journey was certainly one for the history books, and as it turns out is highly entertaining to watch even today. We hope you enjoy every adventure filled, cheesy ’90s music-packed moment of this documentary; we certainly did.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.