The Ice in Svalbard
August 2010
The same current that warms Norway also warms Svalbard making it the best piece of land to use to launch explorations to the
North Pole.

The western side of Svalbard is much more affected by the current so there is much more ice and snow on the eastern and
northern sides of the archipelago.

Our ship took us up to the northeast side of Svalbard and continued north to above 81 degrees where we encountered the
pack ice.
It was here, when we reached the pack ice, that Adam literally ran the zodiac up on the ice and we all climbed out. Jackie
informed me she was not getting out of the zodiac, but then when everyone else got out. As you can see, she was a nervous
little lady.
After exploring the pack ice, our ship continued around the eastern side of
Svalbard where we encountered incredible glaciers that continued for miles.
This particular glacier was the most amazing. It was fed by a mammoth ice cap and the mouth continued for 120 miles out over
the water.
What was most amazing about the travel along this
glacier was the hundreds of waterfalls flowing over the
edge because of the warm weather. We were very
fortunate to see these waterfalls as they are ephermal
and only occur during the peak of the summer warm
At this point the captain moved the
bow of the ship under one of the
waterfalls, ostensibly to clean the deck!

The waterfall was filled with pieces of
ice which collected on the deck of the
As we wound our way west and south, we eventually came to small glaciers like those one sees in Alaska. Again, warm weather
cooperated with us and we watched as the glaciers calved off huge pieces of ice.
Right, Jackie took this picture of
me in the foreground watching a
big chunk of ice fall into the
The birds on the
iceberg are the
LIttle Auk, the most
common bird in