MOVIE: A day in the ice

Apart from taking pictures, I made a movie as well again during the last trip. As usual, it was shot during our time in the ice, as that is the moment where I have some time to actually use my film camera. But this time, for the first time, I managed to capture some sound of our ship breaking through the ice (without the very annoying hum of the engine), so I could include that as well (besides a background music track).

As said before, a day in the ice is always a highlight of the trip. With, or even without wildlife, it’s very special to slowly make our way through this true High Arctic white world, where you don’t see any direct human influence. Very peaceful and quiet, well worth to enjoy just sitting on the deck, absorbing all impressions coming towards you. And who knows, you might even find a Polar Bear.

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.


  • Dear Arjen, simply exquisite. The gentle piano music, the sounds of the breaking ice, the footprints on islands of ice, the bird calling faintly in the background. The wide-open expanse. The sludgy, sometimes wavery movements of the ice. And then the polar bear. The way his back feet stay kind of flat when walking, his ability to effortlessly hop to the next ice island. Then when he smelled the scent of the humans on-board and looked right at you. That little dip of the head to wet his palate with snow. Thanks so much for all that it took to make this serene and blissful video.

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