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Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« on: September 02, 2020, 12:58:06 PM »
Thanks Etienne,
the comparison of the Polarstern Image with the one  of the Russian Icebreaker that reached the pole in 2017 is stark.
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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2020, 10:16:06 AM »
Thanks Etienne,
the comparison of the Polarstern Image with the one  of the Russian Icebreaker that reached the pole in 2017 is stark.

It's a good idea to collect photographs of the North Pole over the years. Can create a separate topic?

For example, the situation at the North Pole in 2012. Apparently there are no melting ponds, and a lot of snow.

https://a76.dk/greenland_uk/north_uk/gr_n_expeditions_uk/lomrog_2012_uk/4_field-report.html

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LOMROG III Expedition reaches the North Pole
August 22, 2012
On board the Swedish icebreaker Oden
Position: 90oN, North Pole
Weather: -0.1oC, westerly wind, sunshine

During a cruise in the Arctic Ocean with the Swedish icebreaker Oden, a Danish-Swedish expedition reached the geographical North Pole on August 22 at 21:43 (UTC), precisely three years after the LOMROG II expedition reached the North Pole. The aim of the expedition is to collect scientific data for the Continental Shelf Project of the Kingdom of Denmark in order to document a claim for an extended continental shelf to the north of Greenland beyond the present 200 nautical mile zone.

The North Pole was covered by 10/10 of sea ice and Oden had to break through heavy sea ice, especially during the last few nautical miles. Heavy sea ice was encountered during much of the journey on the way to the North Pole.

This was Oden's seventh time at the North Pole and the arrival was celebrated in a very traditional way by raising the flags of all the countries represented on board. After a glass of sparkling wine on the bridge and a group photo on the sea ice in front of Oden, the ship continued its scientific program with a geological coring site close to the North Pole.

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 10:34:44 AM »
https://polarforskningsportalen.se/en/arctic/expeditions/lomrog/cruise-reports/lomrog-sedimentprovtagning-och-hogupplost-geofysisk-kartering

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LOMONOSOV RIDGE OFF GREENLAND (LOMROG) 2007: CORING AND HIGHRESOLUTION GEOPHYSICAL MAPPING

However, it should be noted that in the LOMROG operating area north of Greenland severe sea ice conditions were encountered with 10/10 ice cover and sometimes ~4 m thick multiyear floes.
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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2020, 10:48:02 AM »
https://phys.org/news/2011-08-vessel-polarstern-north-pole.html

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You can't get any "higher": on 22 August 2011 at exactly 9.42 a.m. the research icebreaker Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association reaches the North Pole. The aim of he current expedition is to document changes in the far north. Thus, the researchers on board are conducting an extensive investigation programme in the water, ice and air at the northernmost point on the Earth. The little sea ice cover makes the route via the pole to the investigation area in the Canadian Arctic possible.

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Initial measurements of the ice thickness confirm this: in 2011 as well as in 2007 the most frequently occurring ice thickness was 0.9 metres. As a comparison, the most frequently measured ice thickness in 2001 was around 2 metres.

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The Polarstern is at the North Pole for the third time in its history. On 7 September 1991 it was one of the first two conventionally driven ships to sail there, along with the Swedish research icebreaker Oden. Almost exactly ten years later, on 6 September 2001, it carried out a joint expedition at the North Pole together with the American research icebreaker Healy.

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2020, 10:55:06 AM »
https://runaskarbo.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/north-pole/

https://studentsonice.com/north-pole-looks-like-today/

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Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. ST-Laurent and the Swedish Icebreaker Oden arrived at the North Pole this morning, August 21, 2016, at 1050 hours GMT (0650 hours ET). We found large areas of open water at the Pole, not present in 2015. Later today we hope to get off the ship to celebrate Canada’s fourth visit to 90 degrees North.”

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2020, 11:23:39 AM »
https://www.nersc.no/news/norwegian-research-expedition-onboard-kv-svalbard-reached-north-pole

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Norwegian research expedition onboard KV Svalbard reached the North Pole

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2020, 11:25:18 AM »
The last photographs clearly show the artillery piece. Probably for protection from polar bears.  :(

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2020, 11:42:26 AM »
As suggested over in the "Arctic Image of the Day" thread, this is a repository for images and videos of the North Pole.

Here is my current all time favourite North Pole video, recorded by the inimitable Ann Daniels at midnight in "The Land of the Midnight Sun"



"How cool is that? It's minus silly!"
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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2020, 11:45:32 AM »
Followed by an image of the Swedish icebreaker Oden at the North Pole on August 28th 2016:

https://GreatWhiteCon.info/2016/09/santa-extends-his-secret-summer-swimming-pool/



As has been pointed out by etienne, at least they had some ice thick enough to stand on.
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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2020, 12:04:59 PM »
Interesting photos. Then combine with my topic and posts from the topic Arctic picture of the day.

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2020, 12:22:23 PM »
Then combine with my topic....

I see what you mean. Great minds think alike?

Next time I suggest you advertise the existence of a new thread as soon as you have published the first post. That can help prevent duplication of effort!
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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2020, 12:30:57 PM »
Then combine with my topic....

I see what you mean. Great minds think alike?

Next time I suggest you advertise the existence of a new thread as soon as you have published the first post. That can help prevent duplication of effort!

I don't think there will be a lot of information and people interested in this thread. Ships are very rare in the North Pole or in the Central Arctic. Especially at the end of August, when the most interesting moment for assessing the extent of summer thaw. Therefore, it is better to combine all messages into one topic, let it be yours. Otherwise, important messages will quickly get lost in different topics.

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2020, 02:32:06 PM »
Merged. It becomes the older thread by default.

Maybe not a lot of information but I am sure a lot of people interested in this thread.

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2020, 02:37:03 PM »
Merged. It becomes the older thread by default.

Maybe not a lot of information but I am sure a lot of people interested in this thread.

Thank. It would be nice to transfer these posts to this topic.

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,416.msg284569.html#msg284569

https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,416.msg285009.html#msg285009

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2020, 02:50:43 PM »
Another photo near the pole in 2012.

https://a76.dk/greenland_uk/north_uk/gr_n_expeditions_uk/lomrog_2012_uk/

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(Left) Oden seen from helicopter. On Monkey Island above the Bridge, Infra-Red and Microwave instruments are placed to measure sea ice temperatures (red arrow) (Photo: Gorm Dybkjær). (Right) Sea ice mass balance buoy number 4 deployed on August 14, at position 88.35N 30.77W. The yellow box contains data logger, satellite communication and battery pack. The white stick holds the top of the thermistor string above the snow/ice surface, so that the temperature profile is measured from approximately 0.5m above the surface and down through the snow, ice and water (Photo: Gorm Dybkjær).

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Re: Photos from icebreakers in the Central Arctic over the years
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2020, 05:11:36 PM »
Merged. It becomes the older thread by default.

Can the title be amended then?

This thread now includes a video from Ann Daniels walking to the North Pole for example!
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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2020, 07:02:54 PM »
Done, let me know if more changes needed.

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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2020, 12:50:19 AM »
Unlikely as it may sound, moving pictures of Og Amazu walking on and under the ice at the North Pole in April 2015:

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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2020, 09:08:13 AM »
Video from the cockpit of an An-74 landing at Barneo ice camp. As an added benefit it will probably increase your knowledge of Russian vocabulary:



Posted in 2016, but the caption suggests it dates from April 2014.
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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2020, 05:25:24 PM »
An unusual story from last year that gives an idea of the thickness of the ice in the Central Arctic.

https://www.arctictoday.com/for-norways-newest-icebreaker-its-almost-to-the-pole-and-back/

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For Norway’s newest icebreaker, it’s (almost) to the pole and back

Norway’s most advanced polar-research vessel will end its summer expedition to the Arctic early after thick ice prevented the Kronprins Haakon from reaching the North Pole.

Built at a cost of 1.5 billion kroner ($175 million), the Kronprins Haakon entered into service last August. This January, it completed an expedition to Antarctica.

After leaving Tromsø on July 3, the third expedition had concentrated on collecting samples from the waters north of Svalbard. It was due to culminate with a sail-over of the North Pole before returning to Tromsø.

Making the North Pole was considered feasible for the Kronprins Haakon; it is designed to be able to sail in year-round in ice as thick as two meters and sea trials last year suggested it was capable of sailing in even thicker ice.

It reached a latitude of 84° 40′N on July 13, but decided to turn back after meeting first-year ice measuring up to 1.5 meters thick, patches of multi-year ice and little sign of thawing.

Despite not reaching the North Pole, the expedition accomplished most of its scientific goals. The ship itself, according to Hans Christian Eilertsen, a biologist with the Universitetet i Tromsø and the expedition’s scientific leader, performed as expected.

“Sailing to the North Pole in ice isn’t a walk in the park, even if we’re talking about a big ship. You are always going to have problems, be they technical or logistical,” he said.

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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2021, 11:21:09 AM »
Digging this thread back up, here are some more photos from the North Pole taken by the Mosaic expedition last year (Aug 2020). Some have already been posted but best to have them here as well.

Click for full resolution.

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2020/08/mosaic-climate-expedition-shares-scary-photos-north-pole







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« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2021, 11:24:21 AM »
And some ancient clips posted in another old thread:

Watching something else entirely. came across film that shows a group of airplanes landing at the North Pole in the late 40's. What a pristine flat surface it was at that time. By the shawdos I wouls saw mid summer as it appears the sun must be fairly high in the sky.
Note: The NP shows up at around the 6:30 min mark.


I have an NSIDC DVD including video of Norbert Untersteiner "water skiing" at the North Pole in the late 1950's.

It says it can be used "for non-profit purposes of public information and education", so I'll see if I can reproduce some of it here.

Here's the video I mentioned. I managed to squeeze in a nuclear sub also. Not towing Norbert I hasten to add!




And another old video linked by Jim:
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/atom-subs-meet-at-north-pole

LS two American nuclear submarines "Seadragon" and "Skate", as they meet at the icy North Pole. Various shots two captains of the submarines meeting on the icy surface, we them exchanging plaques. LS frogman jumps into freezing water to check hull of submarine.

Date on dope sheet is 23/08/1962.

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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2021, 05:05:46 PM »
those are amazing shots
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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2021, 12:28:02 PM »
Some photos of Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov's one man North Pole drifting ice camp:

https://konyukhov.ru/vstrecha-v-vysokih-shirotah-arktiki/
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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2021, 04:27:58 PM »
new pictures from Oden; lot of ice they say, for being so "south"(in swedish)

"Det är mycket is för att vara så långt söderut "

https://www.polar.se/nyheter/2021/isbjoern-paa-besoek/#

https://www.polar.se/nyheter/2021/isbjoern-paa-besoek/




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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2021, 11:10:40 AM »
It seems that Dmitry Lobusov, the captain of 50 Let Pobedy, also has a blog:

https://dmitry-v-ch-l.livejournal.com/352980.html
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« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2021, 02:10:29 PM »
Jim,

This somehow reminded me of the fairly new trend: "Glamping".

A way of trying to heat up a tent using fossil fuels, sleeping in comfortable textiles from abroad and bringing in all kinds of luxuriant food items from across the planet.

I´m not sure, I am pleased with this kind of "scientific tourism".

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« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2021, 07:31:13 AM »
New photos from Oden, Arctic Ocean, 5 August (N84°12, E30°19)

https://www.polar.se/en/news/2021/first-ice-station-completed/

first impression was that ice looks healthy, last picture gives a different view

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Re: Photos and videos from the North Pole and the Central Arctic
« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2021, 09:42:40 AM »
These are the images mentioned.




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« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2021, 09:27:33 PM »
A picture from Le Commandant Charcot at the North Pole on September 6th:

https://twitter.com/Cie_ponant/status/1434831273030213638
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