Somehow, the mainstream media failed to pick this up. Must have been an oversight.
Back on August 22, a Swedish icebreaker on the way to the North Pole encountered heavy ice conditions and had to stop just before reaching its destination.
The Swedish icebreaker Oden embarked from Svalbard the previous week but encountered difficult ice conditions not seen in one and a half decades.
The Oden’s captain described the ice conditions as the most difficult in the past fifteen years.
The pack ice the ship encountered north of 80° was very dense, piled together through a months-long northward ice drift in the Central Arctic Ocean, meereisportal.de reports.
The dense ice pack left hardly any patches of open water for the ship to navigate between the massive ice floes.
About four miles away from the North Pole, the Oden had to stop its journey dues to a massive ice flow on top of the Pole, meereisportal.de reports.