Polar Travel in Pictures: #Arctic Ice

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If the polar bear is king of the Arctic, ice is it’s queen.

Ice in the Arctic is part of a landscape that seems to have been created from a palette of blue and white hues.  It is part of a landscape that deafens you with its silence.  It is part of a landscape that is home to wildlife existing in an unspoiled and natural environment.

I sailed alongside the edge of the sea ice that stretches as far as the North Pole.  I zodiac cruised towards the ice cliffs of Svalbard’s largest ice cap, the scale of which I simply could not comprehend.  I watched the formation of an iceberg as a calving glacier announced its presence with a thunderous roar.  I watched other zodiacs and the ship create a sense of scale.  I watched polar bears, kittiwakes and seals create a sense of place.

I closed my eyes and heard the crackling of ice beside me.

Ice is symbolic of the polar regions.  And as a photography subject, it was simply irresistible.

 

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Sea Ice - heading north

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Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

Monacobreen in Liefdefjord

14th July Glacier (Krossfjorden)

 

 

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

Comments

  1. Great photos! We visited Svalbard last year in the winter, though we stayed on Svalbard instead of doing a cruise. It’s really interesting to see what it looks like in summer. The sun wasn’t quite rising above the mountains, so it was bluish and of course everything was completely covered in snow.

  2. Ahh yes … ice is the queen … the empress … of both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Once you catch the ice virus, it’s difficult to shake it off. We’ve been bitten badly enough to spend a month cruising around Greenland this year, and already have a voyage booked to the High Arctic of Canada for next year.

  3. These are beautiful! We were also struck by the amount of blue in the Arctic ice, having seen much more blue ice in images from the Antarctic. (Went to the Arctîc first, the reverse of your experience.) Not sure why we thought it would be different, but sometimes we need to observe to really understand.
    Think you may have had the same wonderful EL we had on Vavilov two years ago – “Woody”, aka David Wood.
    Did you all get some of that ice for your favorite beverage at the bar? I enjoyed a gin and tonic pondering how old the air was as it bubbled out of the ice. A different sort of crackling sound….

    • Yes, Woody was our EL and he was also EL on my Antarctica trip. A handful of the Antarctic crew were on the Sea Spirit including some of the waiter and bar staff – fantastic to reunite with them and I’m a big fan of Woody!

  4. Very gorgeous…love how the blue shines through the ice. Have only seen the glaciers in New Zealand, and they were so covered in dirt and debris…so different from the pristine clarity of the arctic ice.

  5. Glorious! Let’s hope we humans manage to act to preserve this great beauty before it’s too late.

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