Dixie Dansercoer

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Dixie (Dirk) Dansercoer (born 1962, Nieuwpoort, Belgium) is an Flemish explorer, endurance athlete and photographer.

As a student, he spent a year in Moscow, Idaho, United States with AFS Intercultural Programs in 1980.

He has held records or won prizes for high altitude mountain biking, windsurfing, ultramarathon running and expedition film-making. In 1997-8, he made a record-breaking crossing of Antarctica with Alain Hubert.

In 2006, the European Space Agency commissioned Hubert and him to measure snow cover in the Arctic so that they could calibrate measurements taken with the CryoSat 2 satellite. The two left Arctic Cape, Siberia on 1 March 2007. They reached the North Pole after 55 days and Greenland in another 51 days, the first time anyone had walked from Siberia to Greenland. In 2008, he led the 'In the wake of the Belgica expedition', a re-enactment of the de Gerlache expedition in 1897-98. In 2011-12, together with Sam Deltour, during a pioneering circular trajectory, they ski-kited 5013 km on the ice cap. In 2014, Dixie and Eric Mc Nair Landry completed the first full circumnavigation on the Greenland ice cap with 4040 km as final distance. During all of his expeditions, parallel scientific missions were executed. Today, together with his wife Julie Brown and project coordinator Stefan Maes, they run Polar Circles (www.polarcircles.com) After 20 years of leading pioneering polar expeditions, he now offers his guiding services through Polar Experience with trips to both the Arctic Polar Regions and Antarctica (www.polarexperience.eu)