Another “pleasant” feature of the Arctic is – drifting ice. The first boat trip to one of the Franz Josef Land islands turned into something of an adventure for us. Heading out towards the archipelago, everyone on the expedition was fine: but coming back … All of a sudden, four people found themselves stuck in an ice trap. The home vessel didn’t seem to be that far away – just a couple of kilometres – but there was no way of getting to it, and the Mikhail Somov had to carve out a route to the boat. But everything turned out OK, in the end!
We are continuing to make sorties and boat trips to areas where we might catch sight of narwhals, belugas and bowhead whales.