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Images from the 20th

By Cape Farewell // Thursday 20 Sep // 22:41:16 // View

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Casting glacial ice

By Dan // Thursday 20 Sep // 20:02:07 // 2 Comments // View

Finally managed to cast an eroded piece of glacial ice, something that Heather and I have wanted to do since we first saw them, but found difficult due to the nature of the materials. Any casting material needs to be warm to set and ice melts when a warmer substance is placed on it. This time using snow print wax (used to lift footprints or car tyre tracks from snow by the police) seems to have done the trick; it forms an insulating layer between the ice and the warm plaster mix. This mould is now sitting over the washbasin in our bunk with a small hole at its base through which the melting ice is dripping. I’ll bring back the negative form to the UK and then hopefully be able to cast this into glass; rendering permanent something so transient. 



Images: Dan Harvey with ice before casting (above) and casting the ice on the deck of the Noorderlicht (below).

Just found an image I took in 2004 of the glacier at the end of this fiord and have compared this to an image taken yesterday -hopefully these will be posted on web, the difference is obvious. Things here are changing fast! When outside day or night at least once or twice an hour you hear the noise like distant thunder as massive chunks of ice peel of the glaciers, the Kongsvegen glacier we were told is now moving at a rate of 2 meters a day!


Kongsvegan glacier photographed in 2004 during the Cape Farewell voyage.


Kongsvegan glacier photographed in 2007, during the Cape Farewell Youth Expedition.

I have been experimenting with inks on a cut block of ice reveling the small tubular holes that run deep within them like blood vessels. Will try tomorrow to push this work further and would love to understand the science behind these capillaries.

Had a great time hunting for the right block of ice on the second try we managed to lift it onto the small boat, felt far too heavy for the vessel but managed to get it back to harbor in Ny Alesund and then with the help of another crane from a lorry managed to lifted it up onto the quay – a beautiful piece of ice. Wanted to finally carve a clear ice lens but it has been so warm here that whilst carving its been cracking in the warmth, hope tonight to be able to pour water over it so that it becomes clear again then tomorrow if it is sunny… we’ll see if it will burn something….

If not I´m planing to set some ice on fire so stay posted for some flaming ice pics. of one sort or another.

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Bowsprit Blues

By Jessica // Thursday 20 Sep // 15:30:12 // View


Hello all,

 Captain Blackeye here, eye is getting much better, going red and yellow!!! Went sailing around Blomstrand islan yesterday and I climebd onto the bowsprit (the long wooden arm at the front of the boat) – had to be hooked onto a harness, it was amazing, especially as we were hitting iceburgs and the boat was being rocked about, it was like surfing on a supersized surfboard. We saw a bearded seal lying on the ice and the captain (Gert pronounced Hert) took us as close as possible, it was great and I took some good photos with my new lens (thanks Mum and Dad!!!!). The guide (who is a total DUDE!!!) went up the mast to the crows nest and took some great photos! I got jealous so I went up to the crows nest this morning, took some good photos, got some good ones taken of me too!!! – whilst we were moored up, far less rocky, Christian (guide) went up whilst we were rocking about in the ice!!! It is really amazing here, everytime you turn around something new is in view, the sun changes the shapes and textures of the ice and mountains, sunrise this morning was absolutely fabulous!

Have set camera up on the dock taking timelapse of the sky and artists Dan Harvey making a sculpture from ice – I started at 7, Dan got up a wee bit later, it’s looking good so far – kids are helping out whilst I am at the Sverdrup institute writing this. Everyone in the Cape Farewell Youth expedition – including the Noorderlicht crew- are fantastic, so inspiring and amazing, I am having such a great time, I really do not wan to leave, it feels like we have been here for ages but also that time has flown by sooooooo quickly! I would love to say I have missed people, but it’s been to eventful and fantastic to have had time!!!

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Suba’s dance…

By Cape Farewell // Thursday 20 Sep // 10:43:26 // 2 Comments // View



Suba’s dance inspired by the Kongsvagenbreen glacier.

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Iceberg hunting

By Dan // Wednesday 19 Sep // 20:02:52 // View


Iceberg hunting.


Arnie and Dan fishing for ice.


Arnie, Dan and ice.
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Images from Wed 19th

By Joe // Wednesday 19 Sep // 19:26:09 // 2 Comments // View


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Warm September weather!

By Rebecca // Wednesday 19 Sep // 17:18:19 // View is unusually hot here in Ny Alesund. I would say it is about 7degrees celcius!! The researchers here say that normally, they have had a snow storm by September 10th. This odd weather makes our journey even more significant. We are here to study the science and experience the art of climate change and here we are on September 19th and it is SO WARM!!!

Dan collected a HUGE chunk of ice from the fjord and towed it back to the ship using a boat with a large crane. He plans to get the students to carve the ice into an ice lens. This will be quite a project for the students.

 More to come

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Joe filming

By Joe // Wednesday 19 Sep // 15:45:26 // View


Joe filming in Ny-Alesund.

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Keith in London, Svalbard

By Keith // Wednesday 19 Sep // 13:58:56 // View



Keith in London, Svalbard.

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Portrait of Rebecca

By Rebecca // Wednesday 19 Sep // 13:02:08 // View

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