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Ingolf (born 2001) and Grayling (born 2003) are alaskan huskies. Both dogs thrive in the cold arctic climate. They "live" in dog houses outside the meteorological station but are more than happy to accompany people on both short and long trips in the Jan Mayen nature. While Greyling is the happy, energetic and somewhat frantic of the two, Ingolf is the boss and is more calm but at times also more cunning. Attempts to use the dogs to pull a sledge or a man on ski have been made but were soon given up, and so the dogs' most important task remains one of social caracter.
Jan Mayen - Meteorological station - The Dogs
Photo: A.C.Markussen
Photo: C.W.Stjern
Photo:  Jan Mayen crew

It has always been a tradition to keep dogs at the Arctic meteorological stations, primarily to get a warning in case of approaching polar bears. But as the wintertime pack ice no longer reaches as far south as it used to, fewer and fewer polar bears have found their way to Jan Mayen. The last one was seen in 1990. But even if the danger of meeting a polar bear when releasing the weather balloon or collecting the precipitation bucket is no longer imminent, the dogs are great company both to the staff at the Met and to the rest of the Jan Mayen citizens.

 

Photo:  C.W.Stjern

Last update 03-01-2007
Photo: C.W.Stjern
Photo: A.C.Markussen


Ingolf

Grayling