Local time: 2016-09-04 15:52
Position: 84° 42.895’N 171° 59.988’W
Speed: 10.3 knots
Water depth: 2010 m
Wind speed: 19.2 m/s
Air temperature: -1.9°C
Sea temperature: -1.4°C
Ice conditions and concentration vary greatly in the Arctic Ocean (read more about this here: https://runaskarbo.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/icebreaking-not-so-straight-forwards/). The last days we have been in transit in open water. The only ice we see are these bits of ice, bobbing up and down in the waves.
The contrast between the motions of the ship in ice and open water is huge. There are no waves in the ice, as they are damped by the ice. As we entered open water, the ship started rolling and pitching more due to the swell. It has been a long time since anyone has been sea sick on the ship, but today there has been a couple of grey faces. Luckily, we are entering more ice soon!