Russian dogsledding team reaches latitude of 85 degrees

May 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

MOSCOW, May 2 (UPI) -- Russian travelers Fyodor Konyukhovh and Viktor Simonov have reached latitude of 85 degrees North on their dogsledding journey from the North Pole to Greenland.

Konyukhov spoke with the expedition's headquarters by phone Wednesday and said the team had reached the the latitude line, ITAR-Tass reported.

"We haven't covered a big distance over the day but we have overcome an important psychological landmark -- we have crossed latitude 86 and reached latitude 85 North," he said. "Latitude 86 was not an easy walk for us, it exhausted us to the hilt. We had been within it since April 24 and now we have come still closer to Greenland."

Konyukhov and Simonov set out on their 2,485-mile journey on April 6 and are expected to reach Greenland by May 20.

Once they reach Greenland, the men will travel the length of Greenland from north to south.

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