The best way to get around in the Arctic waters of Spitzbergen, an island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, is on an icebreaker. So it’s good that the Arctic Sunrise is one of those -you don't want to get stuck around here.
This morning, after I’d had breakfast and cleaned the toilets (one of the chores I do every morning on the ship), a good dozen of us went for a trip to a glacier on the island of Blomstrand. The island was long believed to be a peninsula, but after the dramatic melting of the glaciers in the region, it became apparent what it really was. Armed with a picture of the glaciers taken in 1928, Greenpeace went and photographed it in 2001 to mark the difference.
Today we are going back and the trend has unfortunately not changed.
Blomstrand's glaciers, like many others, are... Read more >