Sea ice situation

This year there is a lot of ice. Where usually we can go anywhere around the north coast and visit all the fjords there and head into Hinlopen stretet, now we’ve only visited the ice in the north and all our landings have been on the west coast.


Now how does this relate to climate change? Isn’t the ice melting more and more and are we breaking record lows all the time? Well, if you look at the situation in the Arctic as a whole, we still are… The National Snow and Ice Data Centre in the US publishes regular updates on the sea ice situation in the Arctic and we are still very close to the record low situation in 2012… So it just means that some ice drifted down and at other places there is even less as usual. I suppose next year things will be reversed again, unfortunately.


Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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