The cracking and rumbling when the ship pushes the ice flows aside to make passage; the countless shades of blue and white in the ice, sea, and melt water; the feeling of being completely removed from the ordinary world, without phones or internet.
That's why I keep coming back to the high north.
We are but visitors here. This place belongs to the animals that can survive here, like seals, sea birds and polar bears.
So why are we here?
It’s been two weeks since our icebreaker the Arctic Sunrise left a busy Amsterdam for the Arctic Ocean. We coasted along Norway and then made straight for Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago between mainland Norway and the North pole. We stopped over in Longyearbyen to pick the last supplies and personnel.
Last night, 24 hours after leaving Longy... Read more >