Towards the North Pole aboard the Healy
We go aboard the icebreaker USCGC Healy again...
...to travel from the Alaskan coast almost all the way to the North Pole.
Its position and route can be seen on this map, which is updated here [I have overlaid the image with a sea ice concentration map to give an idea, N.]:
On this web page we find all the images that are shot on an hourly basis by a webcam aboard the icebreaker Healy. It's a great opportunity to travel, almost live, across the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole, and have a look at the actual state of the Arctic sea ice pack, that is only a few days away from this summer's minimum extent.
On August 21st the USCGC Healy leaves the Alaskan coast behind and sails off into a Beaufort Sea (at 71ºN) that is entirely free of ice:
On August 23rd, already at 74ºN, the first pieces of sea ice start to appear:
On August 26th the Healy crosses the 80ºN barrier, and the ice pack is becoming more and more compact, showing a high sea ice concentration. In some parts we see signs of refreezing of the melt ponds, sometimes covered by recently fallen snow:
On August 30th, between latitudes of 85º and 86º, the Healy and its companion [Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent, N.] continue their northward voyage:
I'd like to thank Diablobanquisa for writing this lovely overview of images from the USCGC Healy and allowing me to translate it and post it here. I have written blog posts on Healy's position on August 8th and August 23rd of last year.