Icebound

We are happy to be in this protected bay … and wait.

Cornell, icebound
Jimmy Cornell

The Canadian Ice Service published on 1 August the ice forecast for the 
next month. Although in general terms conditions in Arctic Canada are 
described as normal for this time of year, a transit through the 
Northwest Passage may only become possible sometime later than in other 
years. Therefore, the only solution is to wait until the ice situation 
becomes more favourable for a continuation of our voyage. We are well 
provisioned with fuel and food, as well as plenty of books and DVDs, and 
are anchored in the well-sheltered Dundas Harbour, in Lancaster Sound.

We had a foretaste of being encumbered by ice a few days ago when we 
attempted to reach Arctic Bay, an Inuit settlement about 100 miles south 
of here. Soon after we had entered Admiralty Inlet that leads to Arctic 
Bay, we were quickly surrounded by ice. We gave up and turned around, 
but progress was occasionally impossible and it took us several hours to 
reach open water. The photo above should give you an idea of what we had 
to go through. We are happy to be in this protected bay … and wait. 
Patience is the password in these high latitudes.