Expedition ARK-XXIII/2

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Polarstern 79°N 8°E

By: Robert Johansson


My name is Robert Johansson, and I’m a teacher from Sweden. I am on Polarstern, the German research icebreaker. This cruise takes us from Longyearbyen on Svalbard to Reykjavik, Iceland. The cruise will in total last for 45... [more]

Ice floes around Polarstern
Friday, July 11, 2008

Polarstern 79°N 4°E

By: Robert Johansson

Now we have entered the ice, and the landscape is absolutely beautiful. There are ice floes floating around the ship, and it’s amazing to hear the sound of Polarstern breaking through the ice. There is a deep sound; the whole... [more]

Fin whale
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Polarstern 78°N 4°E

By: Robert Johansson

Now we have been on Polarstern for 12 days, and we have been quite successful in our research. As you might understand we don’t do research 24 hours a day. So what do we do during our spare time? There’s some equipment for doing... [more]

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Polarstern 78°N 13°W

By: Robert Johansson

We are now close to the northeastern coast of Greenland, and the weather has improved a lot. The mist and clouds have almost completely disappeared, and the sun is shining 24 hours a day. Yesterday we sat on the helicopter deck... [more]

Neptune and his friends
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Polarstern: End of cruise ARKXXIII/2

By: Robert Johansson

There is a tradition among seamen called baptism. The first time you cross the equator or the polar circle you are being baptized by Neptune and his friends. Being the first time in the Arctic I was also taking part in this... [more]