This image was captured from the Sea Ice, Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, Svalbard. Sea ice is frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface it forms in both the Arctic and the Antarctic in each hemisphere's winter, and it retreats, but does not completely disappear, in the summer. It plays an important role for the climate and ecosystems.
Two glaciers glide into the fjord, Fridtjovbreen northwest of Akseløya and Paula Breen is easily seen from Sveas harbour on a clear day. This beautiful glacier is named after the wife of Richard Ritter von Barry, who led the ship to Henry of Bourbons expedition to Spitsbergen and Novaya Zemlya in 1891 and 1892.