Exploring the Polar Ice Cap

Cruising the Polar Ice Cap aboard Silversea Expedition’s Silver Explorer! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 I was brushing my teeth when I felt Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer shudder. It wasn’t much – just enough to rattle a few ceiling tiles and create an obvious disturbance beneath my feet. I could feel the ship bounce in place a few times, then return to normal. I knew then that we’d entered the pack ice that would eventually give way to the polar ice cap.

A truly amazing sight today: not everyone gets to see the edge of the polar ice cap in their lifetimes; a fact not lost on guests today. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

A truly amazing sight today: not everyone gets to see the edge of the polar ice cap in their lifetimes; a fact not lost on guests today. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Today, guests aboard Silver Explorer are being treated to a day above 80°N latitude, exploring the pack ice that exists above arctic Svalbard. Although it might not look like it at first glance, this vast expanse of Arctic Ocean littered wi

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