The state of the ice

Summertime is always the time of year when the Arctic sea ice starts to melt. In autumn and winter it grows and in summer it melts. Each year the question arises how much will melt this year.

Pack ice on Spitsbergen

Will it be less again as the previous year? Will it beat the record low of 2007, or will there be a little more again? For now it doesn’t look good… For now we’re equalling 2010 (the lowest extent in june) and 2007 (the year with the record low). Hopefully it will not be that hot the next period, leaving a bit more sea ice left. On this site you can see some graphs and charts with the current state of the ice.

For me it’s also always an exciting time. How much ice will melt around Spitsbergen. How far can we sail? Can we sail around the main island, or do we have to turn around at a certain stage. And will there be enough ice to show the tourists. A trip without any sea ice really misses something. This website gives the latest ice charts for the Northern Atlantic, with this as the latest chart for Spitsbergen. It looks like the ice will have melted enough for us to sail around the main island.  Hopefully there will be enough left to show the tourists (and to take pictures like this).



Categories: climate change, nature, photography

Author: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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