A British adventurer and his team of polar explorers have smashed the record for the fastest crossing of Greenland’s ice cap.

100 tonnes of inland ice melts every hundredth of a second in Greenland.

New record for crossing Greenland’s ice cap. Image by Kristine Riskær / CC BY 2.0

A “worn out but absolutely ecstatic” Tom Avery, along with team mates Patrick Woodhead and George Wells plus South African-born Andrew Gerber, clinched the coast-to-coast record in a time of 9 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes.

This expedition swiped more than eight days off the previous record of 17 days, 21 hours and 30 minutes to complete the 350-mile trip. These figures were set by Brit Matt Spenceley and his Luxembourg team mate Patrick Peters in 2008.

(Press Association)