Note that the sea ice can move up to 20 miles a day, which works out to roughly 600 miles a month. Amazing!
It is a tradition for crew and passengers to form a circle
at the pole, which we captured in photos and video from the upper deck. Afterwards, they also formed a peace sign and
the number 100, commemorating this historic journey. After lunch aboard the ship, many passengers
went on guided excursions that took us more than a half mile from our landing
site. As a precaution, armed Russian
guards accompanied us, in case we encountered polar bears.
These are beautiful but dangerous
animals, and on occasion have attacked humans.
Looking out at this frozen world, it's hard to imagine how anything can
survive here, especially in winter. But
polar bears are perfectly adapted for this harsh environment. More about these predators tomorrow.
|Passengers in the process of forming a traditional circle at the North Pole|
|Armed Russian guards on the lookout for polar bears|
Happy 4th to everyone!!