Archive for August 2010

Crossing the Atlantic along the lines of nature

Crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat can be both tedious and hard. It can also be a trip filled with good winds and ocean currents going your way. Being small and vulnerable it is important to play along with the forces of nature. This ensures a fast passage, reduce the risk of bad weather and [...]

Mission completed – we are going home

We have completed what we came here for, and now we are returning home. After a couple of days of dismounting scientific equipment from the boat, we are finally ready to go home. During the last couple of weeks we have been able to accomplish what we came here for.

Tracking of icebergs

(For norsk versjon se nedenfor) Icebergs are like living organisms – they are born at the glacial front, they drift around in the sea and in the end they fall apart and deteriorate.

Turning back

Turning back!   (For norsk versjon se nedenfor)  As the ice concentration is getting severe, our time is running out. We have reached our Northern most point, only 15 nautical miles from the mouth of the Helheim Fjord. Helheim Glacier is the third biggest producer of icebergs from the Greenland ice sheet.

Horizontal currents in the Sermilik Fjord

  (For norsk versjon se nedenfor) Determining currents usually requires long term measurements of the movement of the water masses.

Spending the night at a safe spot

(For norsk versjon se nedenfor) It is not always easy to get a good nights sleep with the high ice concentrations present in the area. As we have been moving up the fjord, the ice concentration has increased. The ice is drifting with the currents and even on calm days the ice can be moving [...]