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Ice Cold Gold

19 Mar

Dig Deeper Into Ice Cold Gold With Interactive Episode Journals


Before you tune into Ice Cold Gold tonight at 10/9c, be sure to check out our new interactive episode journals, cataloging the journeys of Sixty Degrees Resources this season. 

Not only do these episode journals follow the journey, they also grant you access to exclusive new content. Ranging from time lapses capturing the serene beauty of Greenland, to videos capturing behind-the-scenes moments from the show. This exclusive content will feature items we couldn't show you on air.


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24 Apr

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Jens-Erik Kirkegaard, Minister of Industry & Minerals, Government of Greenland

Contributed by David Casey


1. Tell us about your life growing up in Greenland.

Life growing up in Ilulissat, Greenland was a joy, and I had a wonderful childhood.

I was born and raised in Ilulissat and have two brothers and one sister. My grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins made childhood a time of learning love for others, respect and hard work.

I grew up among dogsleds in Ilulissat, which is said to have more dogs than humans. I used my granddad’s dogs to go dogsledding with one of my brothers. Of course there was school as well as sporting activities where I played soccer as a child.

In the summertime we used to go fishing and hunting in the bays around Ilulissat. My Dad had a 30-foot slow-going boat that sailed approx. 6 knots. I used to love boating in my father’s old boat, which was build in 1939 I am told. I remember some of the fishermen used to tease us about the boat being so slow. But it was fun and I liked the journeys as much as the destinations.

[Watch the Season Finale of Ice Cold Gold TONIGHT at 10PM E/P!]


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23 Apr

What does this BIBI CHEMNITZ shirt have in common with Ice Cold Gold?

Contributed by Tanny Por


Photo by Mads Pihl

Probably more than you think at first glance.  

It’s obvious that America and Greenland feature in both the BIBI CHEMNITZ design and reality tv series, but there’s a less obvious connection to the story: Greenland’s minerals.

For ICE COLD GOLD, the search for mineral riches was a dramatic way to showcase Greenland in a format that would be accepted by the American audience.

For BIBI CHEMNITZ, a Greenland-inspired clothing label, it was a chance to tell a story through clothing.

Founder of the label Bibi Chemnitz is a Greenlander based in Copenhagen. Together with her partner David Rogilds, they design a full clothing line that is ‘functional Scandinavian with a Greenlandic soul’.

[Watch the Season Finale of Ice Cold Gold Thursday at 10PM E/P!]

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16 Apr

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Flemming Bisgaard

Contributed by Betsy Sanner Ayala


Flemming Bisgaard is the head of Bisgaard Trading in the heart of Ilulissat, Greenland right in Disko Bay. He has been a pilot for Air Greenland for over two decades and is one of about half a dozen specially designated pilots who fly the Sikorsky helicopter, which acts as an ambulance in the air.

For approximately six months out of the year he is on call for any emergency that may arise in all of Greenland. Last year when we were filming in Greenland, a very unfortunate event happened where four people were flown into Nuuk in a helicopter from Siorapaluk, which is over 1,000 miles away from Nuuk by air. Due to a terrible case of botulism from eating Kiviak, or auk birds preserved in the hollowed-out body of a seal, one elderly man died. The unknowingly bad Kiviak was then served at his funeral where it was eaten again, and his daughter died. Flemming and his fellow pilots are on call for such emergencies.

Flemming was also the head of operations for the Ice Cold Gold crew when we shot in Ilulissat, serving Josh Feldman and Eric Drummond.

[Catch an all-new episode of Ice Cold Gold Thursday at 10PM E/P!]

1) Where are you from? How would you describe the town where you live?

I was born just a few hundred meters from the coast of the North Sea in a small fishing town called Jutland, Denmark. That’s probably why I had such a good feeling about Ilulissat, Greenland. I had my first job in Greenland in 1995 where I worked as an apprentice for a (black)smith. Soon after I started my helicopter pilot education, and was hired the year after on the Sikorsky helicopter in Ilulissat. I have been working 3 weeks on and 3 weeks off ever since.

The Town of Ilulissat is the most perfect and special place. Normally the weather is very good, and the sun shines almost 24 hours a day during the four summer months. There are a lot of fishing activities in Ilulissat with 4,500 citizens and about 3,000 dogs. All the sled dogs are used only for working. When it’s tourist season the town becomes very active with lots of cruise ships and many visitors.  

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10 Apr

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Finn Siegstad

Contributed by Julie Brothers



Finn Siegstad is the Key Account Manager for the charter division of Air Greenland. Air Greenland has one of the most versatile fleets in the world, considering the size of the country, the terrain and the weather.

These helicopters must cover it all, everything from taking locals to other parts of the country to performing search and rescue missions.

60 of the 72 populated areas of Greenland are connected via helicopter transport – since the 1960’s the presence of these helicopters in Greenland has been vital.

[Tune in for a brand new episode of Ice Cold Gold tonight at 10PM E/P!]

1) How long have you been working for Air Greenland, and where are you originally from?

I am from Ilulissat, Greenland in Diskobay. I have been working for Air Greenland for 6 years now. Before that I worked for a helicopter company named Air Alpha, operating in the Diskobay area and East Greenland. I have been working within the aviation business for over 20 years.

2) How many helicopters are on Air Greenland's fleet? What purposes do they serve?

We have 22 helicopters. 12 AS350’s, 8 Bell 212’s and 2 Sikorsky 61’s.

The AS350 helicopters are mostly used within the mining industry. Bell 212 are scattered around Greenland, their main purpose is to fly the locals between villages and towns, which connects them to the rest of the world. Sikorsky-61’s are stand-by helicopters for Search and Rescue missions and medical use.

These various helicopters help in maintaining the communication systems within Greenland coast as well as aid in small miscellaneous flights for tourist, scientists and other travellers.

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2 Apr

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Grace J. Heindorf Nielsen, Greenland Production Manager, Ice Cold Gold

Contributed by David Casey

Credit: Danny Long

Grace J. Heindorf Nielsen is co-founder of Bmg-Greenland, a travel management company based in Nuuk, Greenland. Grace has worked over ten years in the Greenlandic tourism industry. She has a wealth of experience in planning tours, shore handling for cruise companies, conferences and general office management. Grace has extensive knowledge of the local community, its history, cultural values and people. She usually knows whom to contact to get something done. She is fluent in English, Danish and Swedish and speaks some German.

Grace has worked as the Greenland Production Manager for both seasons of Ice Cold Gold.

[Watch an all-new episode of Ice Cold Gold Thursday at 10PM E/P!]

1.) How did you come to Greenland as a child? Was there something that you fell in love with about Greenland that made you stay?

I was born in Helsinki, Finland. My mother was from the USA and my father from Denmark. We moved here when I was nine years old. My parents wanted to tell people about the Bahá’í Faith. I grew up here and Greenland is my home.  Fresh air, clean water, wide-open spaces, friendly people and it never gets miserably hot.

2.) Tourism is steadily growing in Greenland. How did you get into the industry? 

On a fluke, actually. A friend of mine was running a little tourist office in 1992 and when a cruise ship came to town she needed a guide who could speak English. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but decided if it was a disaster, at least I would never see those folks again. As it turned out, it went really well and I found a new calling.    

3.)Icg-photo What are some of the misconceptions that people have of Greenland and Greenlanders?

I think for many visitors, we are a much different society than they expected. Some are floored by our level of sophistication and modernity. They are shocked we have cars. While others sometimes seem frustrated that not everything can run like clockwork. Most are not prepared for how much the weather impacts on our lives and plans.

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27 Mar

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Malik Lynge Papis

Contributed by David Casey


Malik Lynge Papis is French, Greenlandic and Danish. His Danish side can be traced back to the founding fathers of Greenland. Malik was the base camp manager for Ice Cold Gold Season 1.  He is the owner of Inuit Resources, an exploration services company serving international mining companies such as Sixty Degree Resources. Malik was also an instrumental source of local information for the team of miners. 

1.) Tell us about yourself: where you're from, the work you do, and how you got to be where you are now.

My Name is Malik Lynge Papis (Malik means Wave in Inuit). I am half Inuk, half French with some Norse and Greek heritage. I was born and raised in Nuuk, though I traveled to Europe throughout most of my childhood. In 1997 I had the opportunity to go to the inland ice to work on a drilling project. Since then, mineral exploration has become my passion and way of making a living. I have done everything from drilling and prospecting to channel sampling, mapping, grade verification, granulometry, environmental sampling and measuring. I have operated heavy equipment, supplied local labor to mining operations, handled logistics, contracting and have even peeled potatoes in the field. There is always something to do in the field.

[Watch an all-new episode of Ice Cold Gold TONIGHT at 10PM E/P!]

2.) You were the base camp manager for the first season of Ice Cold Gold. What did the job entail, and what was a typical day like for you at base camp?

The job was to design the camp and handle its budgeting and construction. I installed the electricity and hot and cold water as well. There is no typical day in any camp. But with Ice Cold Gold a "usual" day could include: hauling equipment and supplies, refueling the generator, constructing outhouses, building evening campfires, cooking, cleaning, and ordering supplies.

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20 Mar

Emergency rescue: Operation Greenland

Contributed by Tanny Por

Chief Executive Officer Anne-Marie Ulrik in the Northern city of Aasiaat, where she lived until last April.

When life-threatening emergencies occur in tiny and distant Greenlandic settlements, what happens? The reality is tough, tells Executive Medical Officer of Greenland, Anne-Marie Ulrik.  

Fifty-seven, give or take. That’s the number of inhabitants who live in the northernmost settlement in Greenland, Siorapaluk. Located 77 degrees North, it’s a quiet and isolated village surrounded by grand mountains, ice and the cold sea. Traditional living is inevitable up here; hunting walrus, polar bears and seal is the way of life. 

You can imagine that for a village this size, everybody’s hit when tragedy strikes. Certainly, this was the case in 2013 when ill-prepared traditional food prompted a bizarre turn of deadly events.


Like everywhere else in the world, Greenlandic traditional cuisine is influenced by the surrounding nature. Life wasn’t easy for the Inuit ancestors, who lived in harsh polar conditions without the ease of modern technology. Learning traditional ways of preserving food was necessary for survival.   

Unfortunately for the residents of Siaropaluk last year, a special traditional meal of eider birds in a seal buried underground was not prepared properly. The food became toxic and resulted in the death of a man. Due to his old age, nobody suspected that he had suffered from botulism, a toxic form of food poisoning. Suspicions only arose when six other people got sick after the same meal was served again at the man’s funeral. The man’s own daughter also died.

[Tune in for an All-New Ice Cold Gold Tonight at 10PM E/P!]

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13 Mar

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Chef Ilannguaq Hegelund

Contributed by David Casey

Chef Ilannguaq Hegelund

Two summers ago, I took a cast and crew of 26 above Nuuk (the capital) to a secluded island in the biggest fjord system in the world.  It's amazing, dangerous, and beautiful. 

We'd come to expect 24-hour sunlight, aurora borealis, and the most impressive scale in the world.

What we didn't plan on was being fed by one of the best young chefs I've ever met, Ilannguaq Hegelund.  Our base camp was made of two-by-fours, plywood and a 40 kilowatt generator, yet he put together some amazing dishes made from only Greenlandic ingredients, including Reindeer, Arctic Char, Red Fish, and Salmon every night.  We used Angelika, thyme, and crowberries, which the whole crew helped harvest.  You can’t hunt or fish on a mining permit, so everything was purchased from local hunters and fishermen.

Currently, Ilannguaq Hegelund is a chef at the restaurant Sarfalik located at the four star Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.  Besides working in high-end restaurants and hotels, he has worked summers on fishing boats and mining camps of all size.  He recently won Greenland’s Chef of the Year award in 2013.

Hegelund has worked with Sixty Degree Resources as a chef for the last two summers.

1.) Could you tell us where you're from and what your childhood was like?  

I am 24 years old and was born in Paamiut, a small town south of Nuuk.  My family moved to Denmark when I was four, so my mother could pursue a higher education.

My fondest memories of my childhood in Denmark are playing in the mountains, sailing, fishing, hunting, and eating our freshly caught fish.  We used to pick berries and gather herbs in the summertime in the mountains.  In the winter, snow was of course, the highlight.  It was easy to adjust to life in Denmark and I had a lot of friends.  I quickly forgot the Greenlandic language, though I knew I was a Greenlander at heart.

We moved back to Greenland when I was 14. It was a strange but wonderful transition.  The town where we lived in Denmark for 10 years had the same population as the entire country of Greenland!  Needless to say, it was a huge culture shock.  I had to learn Greenlandic again and was determined to do so, and it came quickly.

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6 Mar

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Greenlandic Boat Captain Erik Palo Jacobsen

Contributed By Julie Brothers

Courtesy of: Erik Palo Jacobsen

Erik Palo Jacobsen is the owner of Arctic Boat Charters based in Nuuk, Greenland. He is the captain and owner of the STERNA, a Targa 37+ boat, which was built approved for sailing throughout the year with up to 12 passengers along the Greenland coast.

Since getting the STERNA in 2008, Jacobsen has traveled some 72,000 nautical miles - equaling 3.3 times around the globe. Most of the sailing is done during the summer months in Greenland. The STERNA is one of the fastest passenger-approved boats in Greenland.

Jacobsen has worked with Sixty Degree Resources for the last two summers, logging in over 3,000 nautical miles (3,500 miles) in Ice Cold Gold trips with his boat alone, helping the miners reach their most remote destinations.

Julie Brothers, associate producer at MoxieTV, had a chance to sit down and ask him some questions.

1) You’ve worked closely with our production team this past season; about how many trips have you taken with our cast and crew? What does this equal in kilometers (miles)?

A lot of sailing was done last season on several boats. The Sterna, the boat I drive, did 6 trips equaling approximately 1700 nautical miles (almost 2,000 miles), and I enjoyed every single mile.

2) Can you walk the viewers though what the logistics of taking a TV cast/crew on your boat is like? What do you have to do to prepare? Can you explain what all goes into a single trip?

Distances are huge here in Greenland, and inhabited places are far apart, with no land infrastructure connecting them. This means that most of the sailing is done in desolate stretches, and you need to be completely self-reliant. Preventive maintenance of engines is important, and emergency, safety and arctic survival equipment has to be in order along with the medicine chest, communications systems, firefighting equipment and distress signaling methods.

The route has to be planned carefully taking all risks and hazards into consideration - like underwater rocks, shallow waters, heavy currents, tide heights etc.

The weather here can be extremely severe, so weather charts are carefully studied as well as forecasts.

Supplies include fuel, food, drinks and snacks. The last thing we do before welcoming passengers on board is brew a lot of coffee, good and strong.

Sailing Greenland waters is almost like a small expedition.

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