An active glacier

Ships cruising a glacier is always exciting. And still different. Sometimes there is hardly any ice near the glacier front, at other moments, you can’t come anywhere near it, because the ice is blocking the way.

Negribreen, Spitsbergen – 105mm, 1/1250s, f/11, ISO 400

This time, when we approached Negribreen, it was the latter. Due to strong southerly winds the previous day, all ice in the area had been pressed against the glacier front. Because of this, we couldn’t come as close as we sometimes can, but this was definitely compensated by the experience of the captain navigating the Noorderlicht through the extended fields of brash ice, the sound of this ice bashing against the hull of the ship and the crackling sound of the tiny air bubbles breaking free from the ice. 


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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