Finnish icebreaker breaks Northwest Passage record
In celebration of the centenary of Finland’s independence and the commencement of Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, multipurpose icebreaker MSV Nordica has undertaken an international expedition through the Northwest Passage.
Conducted in July 2017, the Arctia 100 Expedition set the record for the earliest crossing of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
The expedition highlighted the effects of man-made climate change in the Arctic region, and included an international team of researchers and Associated Press journalists. The journey also set out to deepen international and local dialogue concerning Arctic research.
The general public could follow the expedition on social media and via the Arctic 100 Expedition blog, where the crew and scholars partaking in the journey shared updates and information.
The expedition also demonstrated the advantages of jointly using all ice breakers in the world for research in the polar regions. International research expeditions on board commercial icebreakers are still very rare.