a small research base on the Fosheim Peninsula of Ellesmere Island
Founded in 1947
Eureka is the second-northernmost permanent research facility in the world. Only 600 nautical miles from the geographical North Pole with a record high temperature of 69.6 F and a record low of -67.5 F.
The settlement sees the midnight sun between April 10th and August 29th. At it's peak in the 1970s there were 15 staff. Today 8 staff rotate in the facility.
Landing Approach at Eureka
After 12 hours of flying, I make my approach to the gravel runway at the Eureka Weather Station on Ellesmere Island. The staff of eight work at this facility. I'm greeted by a stout gentleman who announces he is the Mayor, Sheriff and Undertaker. We load up and head to the Weather Station by pickup truck.