A Belgian and a Canadian have became the first people to circle the Greenland ice sheet, covering an Arctic record 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles) in 55 days by using kites to pull their sleds and skis. Belgian adventurer Dixie Dansercoer, who also set a record for the longest unaided expedition in Antarctica in 2012, and Canadian Eric McNair-Landry used the typical polar wind patterns to set out a circular route to cover the longest distance. "It was a first because people never thought of a circular route before," Dansercoer told Reuters upon his return to Brussels. The previous Arctic distance record of 3,120 kilometres, set in 2009 by British adventurer Adrian Hayes, was a south-to-north crossing of the Greenland ice.
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