Yesterday, we saw the sun set for the first time in 38 days. We are headed south. The sunset is a sign; the journey coming to an end.
Local time: 2016-09-15 17:04 Position: 82° 47.23'N 018° 50.53'E Heading: 198° Speed: 6 knots Water depth: 4238 m Wind speed: 7.4 m/s Air temperature: -8.67°C Feels like (wind chill): -16.87°C Sea temperature: -1.8°C It finally happened - we saw a polar bear! There has only been one polar bear spotting earlier on the trip. However, … Continue reading Photo of the day: POLAR BEAR
I got to help the meteorology work package with launching a weather balloon! We launch four of these each day. The balloons are filled with helium and attached to a sensor that records the pressure, humidity and temperature in the atmosphere on their way up. In addition, the sensor has GPS, and therefore the wind … Continue reading Photo of the day: Balloon launch
Local time: 2016-09-08 23:48 Position: 88° 05.24'N 080° 28.08'E Heading: 209° Speed: 5.5 knots Water depth: 4478 m Wind speed: 12.1 m/s Air temperature: -6.68°C Feels like (wind chill): -15.83°C Sea temperature: -1.6°C Today has been one of those days who makes me feel like I am the luckiest person on the planet, because I … Continue reading Photo(s) of the day: Arctic sun and halos
Local time: 2016-09-04 15:52 Position: 84° 42.895'N 171° 59.988'W Heading: 307° 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 … Continue reading Photo of the day: Seaspray and bits of ice
Local time: 2016-24-08 19:28 Position: 88° 23.40'N 124° 20.22'W Heading: 198° Speed: 2.5 knots Water depth: 3935 m Wind speed: 11.3 m/s Air temperature: -2.3°C Feels like (wind chill): -9.74°C Sea temperature: -1.3°C The last couple of days we have had a lot of wind, up to 21 m/s! We also had some snow. This … Continue reading Photo of the day: Windy!
Oden breaks the sea ice, and it's colours appear. I have never seen so many fantastic shades of blue before in my life. How can the ice be so blue?
Photo from day 6, Saturday 13 August. Katarina Gårdfeldt and her team on an ice station. They were originally upstream of the vessels, they were passed by the vessels after some hours on the ice. I wrote about ice stations and their work in my post from earlier today (https://runaskarbo.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/feet-on-the-ice/).