The sad problem is that a thin bit of passage between the mainland and a large island, that bit is blocked by ice that we could almost get through but in practise shouldn’t try to.

So.  Yesterday we did indeed get the ice maps we wanted and yes, they did say a lot that was good.  We can now get through the Laptev sea.  Over the passed week enough ice has either melted or shifted for us to get all the way through the Laptev.  The sad problem is that a thin bit of passage between the mainland and a large island, that bit is blocked by ice that we could almost get through but in practise shouldn’t try to.  The wind changed yesterday from  a southerly to a westerly, that means that that little patch will be getting more ice clogged by the second.  Great.  We hope to get more ice charts today and with luck things will have got better not worse…

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