Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, and First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff, are currently sailing to Antarctica, according to the President’s office near Reykjavík. Al Gore, Nobel laureate and former US Vice President invited them to visit the southernmost continent on the planet.
According to RÚV the Presidential couple sailed out of the Argentinian port of Ushuaia yesterday and their trip will take them along the Drake Passage all the way to Antarctica. The party plans to go ashore three times, if weather allows. The trip ends on the 6th February.
The trip includes European and American scientists, the Canadian film director James Cameron, the American journalist Ted Turner and Christiana Figures, the president of the United Nations climate agency.
Al Gore’s climate change organisation, the Climate Reality Project, and National Geographic together organised the expedition.
A press release from Bessastaðir, the Icelandic head of state’s official residence, states that the goal of the expedition is to investigate the fast melting ice and to discuss how the nations of the world can best be encouraged to unite behind realistic and tangible action to fight global warming.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has become known as a strong climate change campaigner among world leaders and regularly gives speeches at environmental conferences.