The latest news from the POC is all about the sea ice. Basically ahead of the crew is ice. And more ice.
Ironically whilst the NW passage is now nearly open way ahead of schedule, the situation is different on this side. In fact the Kara sea (north of Siberia and close to Murmansk) which is traditionally full of ice at this time is open. But the Laptev sea (further East) appears solid. Solid right up to the beach. The crew are trying to predict when to leave as it will take 10 days to get to that point.
Watch this space to see what they decide, when they leave Murmansk and if they make it through the ice!
(Main image: Northabout’s trial trip to Svalbaard, Norway in 2015 where she encountered lots of ice.)