The Nordenskiöld Archipelago

Published 13.08 in category Northern Passage - 2010

Position update 17.48: 76.43329 N, 96.66716 E – (green arrow).
The “Northern Passage” is now entering the Nordenskiöld Archipelago.
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Ice in Mattisen Strait
A fresh photograph: Ice in the Matisen Strait

Nordenskiöld Archipelago
The Nordenskiöld Archipelago actually consists of six island groups. The “Northern Passage” is sailing the Matisen Strait, a body of water between the Vilkitsky Islands and a group of islands with a very long name nearer the coast. (Map: Wikipedia)



7 comments to The Nordenskiöld Archipelago7

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    Neven  /  August 13, 2010

    It has been a very long time, but today we finally get a glimpse of the ice behind Vilkitsky Strait that is still stuck to the Siberian shore and thus blocks the Northern Sea Route. It’s a very narrow band of ice which will hopefully be blown to pieces by the time Børge and Thorleif arrive there.

    Check the satellite image. To get more of a feel for the geography of the area you can have a look at the animation I made a few weeks ago of the breaking up of the ice in Vilkitsky Strait that Børge and Thorleif will probably start to sail through in about 2 days.


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    Olav Grinde  /  August 13, 2010

    Great links, Neven! That animation gives a good idea of the ice conditions that have troubled the eastern part of the Laptev Sea, immediately through the Vilkitsky Strait.

    It seems that Børge, Thorleif and Stas’ timing is impeccable! 🙂


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    Neven  /  August 13, 2010

    It seems that Børge, Thorleif and Stas’ timing is impeccable!

    It would be great if they don’t lose time here, as this could be the greatest obstacle to their goal. But the ice is very devious, especially now that it’s so ultra-mobile.

    It is too early to start discussing this but all the fast ice in the Canadian Archipelago has broken up and currently, due to winds etc, a lot of multi-year ice is flowing into the straits and channels between the Canadian islands. We’ll have to see if the ice – which should be relatively thick – reaches the Northwest Passage, which is almost looking navigable, and pose problems.

    But again, we’ll discuss this in 2-3 weeks from now. First this obstacle.


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    Irena  /  August 13, 2010

    this can be like that all greek legend when the passage near Lutraki has opened and the ship has gone through! I so much hope they will get through!


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    Irena  /  August 13, 2010

    What great photos and what great stories both history and present! Go on, we are all with you!


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    Gigi Pietrovecchio  /  August 13, 2010

    Certainly! from various countries we are all with you! Fair winds and go again! ciao


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    Jojo Berner  /  August 13, 2010

    I had a very good phone report from Reni today. Summer is finally coming to Sørlandet and it is expected some 25 C and sunny conditions the days ahead. She hate going back to Oslo on Sunday when it’s finnaly like this at your nice family’s summer house. Proud to know you Toffen up there in the cold ,- but I believe you wouldn’t swap anyway! Keep On Sailing – Remember to Scratch the Mast and the wind will come – Old Guys Rule !


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