An up-close look at icebergs

Photos by David Goldman

The Greenland ice sheet, the second largest body of ice in the world which covers roughly 80 percent of the country, has been melting and its glaciers retreating at an accelerated pace in recent years due to warmer temperatures. If all of that ice melts, sea levels will rise by several meters, though there will be regional differences.

An up-close look at icebergs

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.

Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

Ship sets record for earliest crossing of Northwest Passage

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles), the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage.

Ship sets record for earliest crossing of Northwest Passage

Traveling into the midnight sun

Text and Photos David Goldman

It’s a special privilege for a photographer to get the chance to work in the soft light of a sun that never sets.

Traveling into the midnight sun

How loss of Arctic sea ice further fuels global warming

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans | Video David Keyton

For much of the year, the Arctic appears as a crumpled white sheet of ice and snow before great chunks break off around the edges in spring, forming a sea of floes that gently dance across the frigid waters.

How loss of Arctic sea ice further fuels global warming

The Arctic is unforgiving; Riding in this icebreaker isn’t

Photos by David Goldman

While it may be frigid and wet on deck, the crew of a modern icebreaker can expect creature comforts inside the ship.

The Arctic is unforgiving; Riding in this icebreaker isn’t

Getting stuck in the icy Arctic means you’re on your own

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

The MSV Nordica is as robust a ship as you can find, but striking out to sea —especially in the remote and icy Arctic— always carries a risk.

Getting stuck in the icy Arctic means you’re on your own

360 camera, drones: AP team gears up for a melting Arctic

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

They packed a full line-up of wide angle, fixed focal length, zoom and telephoto lenses to go with their Canon DSLR camera bodies; a Panasonic P2 video camera; and several GoPro action cams with external microphones.

360 camera, drones: AP team gears up for a melting Arctic

Portraits of an icebreaker crew, researchers

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

The ship hadn’t yet left Vancouver for the Arctic Circle’s Northwest Passage when the icebreaking began — with a round of “introduce yourself to the others.”

Portraits of an icebreaker crew, researchers

Rule 1 in learning to drive a 13,000-ton icebreaker: Go slow

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

Learning to drive an icebreaker like the MSV Nordica is a bit like taking dance lessons.

Rule 1 in learning to drive a 13,000-ton icebreaker: Go slow

Northwest Passage’s history marked by dangers, death

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

European explorers had long speculated about the existence of an Arctic route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and would avoid the long journey around South America’s Cape Horn.

Northwest Passage’s history marked by dangers, death

International date line that splits US, Russia, explained

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans

The international date line is an imaginary border that runs through the middle of the Pacific Ocean and marks the boundary between calendar dates, effectively making it the zero-line for the planet’s time zones.

 

International date line that splits US, Russia, explained

Global warming melts ice, alters fabled Northwest Passage

Photos David Goldman | Text Frank Jordans | Video David Keyton

More than a century has passed since the first successful transit of the treacherous, ice-bound Northwest Passage by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1906. 

Global warming melts ice, alters fabled Northwest Passage