helicopter has been used during previous work in this area, which is about 45 km NE of Ilulissat village. no roads in this area, but about 2 km from the coast and there is possibilities for snow scooter transport to the site in winter.
looks like a mixture of polar desert and tundra according to pictures on GoogleEarth (Kerstin Gillen)
The Pakitsoq borehole is today located less than 2 km from the western margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and therefore the site presumably became ice free in the early Holocene, when the Greenland Ice Sheet melted back to a position 60-120 km behind the present margin. Presumably the Pakitsoq borehole site was not covered by any late Holocene e.g. Little Ice Age (LIA) glacial advance, as the Ice Sheet today in this region is standing at its maximum LIA position (Ole Humlum, pers. comm.), but no geomorphological mapping exist for the area.
Gneiss bedrock with some granitic parts all the way down the borehole. Few 0-6 cracks pr m in the upper 14 m, weathered zone near the terrain surface, crack zones with broken bedrock at depths of 26.75-28.50 m, 121.70-122.45 m, 218 m and 231 m, otherwise almost crack-free bedrock in the entire borehole. Based on this geological information the ice content must be low.
relatively flat terrain surface at the borehole site, but bedrock knolls within 2 km from borehole site.