A Day at the Northwest Passage in July 2017
How does one day in the Northwest Passage looks like in July 2017? Arctia’s multipurpose icebreaker Nordica made an Arctic 100 Expedition and did transit the Northwest Passage (NWP) in July 2017. The NWP is a sea route connecting the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans via waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. One of the explorers was Ari Laakso, the Science Communicator of the Arctic Centre, who filmed the time-lapse video from the journey:
“This time-lapse video is made of pictures taken during days 16 and 17 (21.-22.7) of our 24-day long journey along the Northwest Passage. During this time, we were entering Franklin Strait and saw polar bears for the first time.
The sea ice was mainly first year ice, but in-between we also encountered multiyear ice, which we tried to avoid. The icebreaker navigators try to find a route through open water and weak ice, this is visible in the video as the zig-zag movement of the vessel.
As we were far into the Northwest passage and far above the Arctic circle, the sun never set. As can be seen from the pictures, the weather was just amazing. The camera was mounted inside the ship, in the dayroom. The pictures were taken at a rate of 1 picture per 30 seconds during the whole 24-day long trip from Vancouver to Nuuk.”