A message for the youth crew

By gorm // Friday 5 Oct // 13:48:47 // 4 Comments

Hey Youth Team. How are you? What is it like to be home again after the Spitsbergen experience?

We’ve been thinking of you as we take the Noorderlicht on. We hear lots of stories from the crew – seems you charmed them. They enjoyed having you on the boat a lot. Dan showed me a video of you running into the sea. Ouch, how could you do that? So cold…

We had a rough journey over to Greenland, but Simon, Carol and Emily managed to test salinity and temperature at regular intervals – looking back, I can’t imagine quite how. We encountered huge amounts of sea ice as we approached East Greenland, much more than anticipated. This means that we haven’t been able to get into Scoresby Sund where we had planned to go. Instead, we’ve headed further south into the Denmark Straights and are exploring fjords south of Scoresby and North of Nansen Fjord.

This is one of the least visited areas of Greenland. We sailed into a fjord yesterday that we believe no-one has visited since 1940. As we floated there, we witnessed sea ice form within 10 minutes around us. Simon had been telling us that a very small drop in temperature can result in a sudden freeze but that he had never seen this himself – the text books come alive. Today, we bust a groove in the boat through a LOT of ice to get to a glacier front. Even close up we could hardly see the glacier front through the mist and falling snow. Ice for miles around on every side of the boat and an eery, ghostly silence. People spoke very quietly on deck. What is it about ice and snow that makes people whisper? Or is it more to do with experiencing glacial melt in this truly visceral way?

Anyway, Dan sends love and misses you all. Every time we put on your waterproofs to face the storms we see your names in pen all over them. You are with us in some way!

See you all soon,

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  1. Akash Kamboj Friday 5 Oct, 2007 // 16:04:26

    Hi guys
    Hope you are having fun and hope to seee you all soon.

  2. Jessica Saturday 6 Oct, 2007 // 9:16:58

    Hello Vicky,

    It’s weird being home! I miss hearing the waves lapping at the side of the boat and being able to see to the horzon. I thought my return would be more miserable than it was, London is big and busy but my friends, family, colleagues and students have been so welcoming and everyone wants to hear about our expaeriences. Give my love to the crew, they were fantastic!
    Hope your sailing hasn’t been too bad! Glad you’re able to do all the science, how are the artsist gettingon? Give Dan a big big hug from me, has he been wearing his lashes at all?
    Hope to see you on your return,
    lots of love,
    Jess xx

  3. david Sunday 7 Oct, 2007 // 11:47:41

    Hey Vicky, Nico and i thinking about you lots.

    Heard you had a heat wave last week, 22 degrees it said on the front page of the papers!

    Your journey sounds thrilling and full of adventure.

    get home safe,

    lots of love,

    david and nicolas xx

  4. Amy Monday 8 Oct, 2007 // 15:00:12

    Hey Vicky. Hope you’re all having fun. Can’t wait to hear all your stories…WITH A SMILE!
    You’re on your way back now but i hope it was fantastic!

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