Monday, 30 August 2010

Instructions for leaving...

...but we don't want to go

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Bears in the woods

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Full moon by the lake

Friday, 20 August 2010

Jenn, Jason, Sam

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Touchdown Montreal

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Sunday, 15 August 2010

My cabin window

When the light is like this at night there is no time for sleeping

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Ice Breaking

The mist hung low in the icy air I kept thinking about the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. One of the only bad things about the Arctic is that there are no albatross...

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

81 degrees North

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Perpetual daylight

When the sun is out the most beautiful time of the day is anywhere between midnight and three am.. the sun lies low in the sky, we crunch through ice. This is the control room, my favourite part of the ship

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Ice Swan

Many mystical, magical creatures in the Arctic.. many of them made of ice

Friday, 6 August 2010

My new home for the next two weeks

all aboard the Russian ice breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov
cabin 710
we have no phones and no internet access
i hand over my passport and receive a coded russian email address
this ship has an ice knife, an ice skirt, an armoured steel hull, a cast steel prow
it was built in the 80's to keep the north west passage clear and then handed over as an expedition ship when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991
this will be it's last ever journey to Tanqueray Fjord as the Russians want her back

Wednesday, 4 August 2010