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Cold and calm New Year’s eve in Spits­ber­gen

The new year has seen a calm and cold start in Spits­ber­gen, with tem­pe­ra­tures below -20°C. The eas­tern part of the archi­pe­la­go is most­ly sur­roun­ded with drift ice, while some “warm” water keeps the nor­t­hern and nor­the­as­tern coasts still rather open – let’s see how things deve­lo­pe until we start the ship­ping sea­son in June. Mean­while, a smal­ler field of drift ice curr­ent­ly forces the Noor­der­licht to stay for ano­ther while in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, while they were pre­pa­ring to sail to Tem­pel­fjord, whe­re the Noor­der­licht tra­di­tio­nal­ly stays fro­zen in fjord ice during spring.

Nor­we­gi­an ice chart, 30 Decem­ber
Nor­we­gi­an Meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal Insti­tu­te)

Cold and calm New Year's eve in Spitsbergen


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