Two days ago Annika and I walked on the sea ice outside of Långhällan and had a view on large patches of open water.
Today I visited this place once more, but the whole area was covered with ice again. Some areas were covered with dark solid ice, some with ice floes that have frozen together. You could see walls of broken ice and dark channels between the different parts.
When I entered the terra incognita I half expected to fall through the ice and was equipped with the following:
- my immersion suit, which is completely waterproof (and warm due to the thick neoprene)
- isdubbar – handles with sharp peaks for pulling oneself out of an ice hole
- my Nikon AW1 – a waterproof camera
To my big surprise all ice was thick and stable enough to bear my weight.
I couldn’t see any open water, but I could hear the sounds of ice and water below me. The cracking and clicking, the low, sonor pulsing drones echoing under the icy surface and sometimes even rhythmical beeping noises – like the Baltic Sea sending Morse code. An experience both fascinating and frightening.
Some impressions of today: