A Tale Of Two Passages




This summer, WWF is helping support two expeditions that will take on some of the world’s most difficult waters, to see first-hand the effects of Arctic climate change.

One expedition is sailing across the top of Russia, a journey of 6000 nautical miles through the Northeast Passage, while another is attempting a west to east transit of the Northwest Passage, also by sailing boat, a journey of about 7,000 nautical miles.

Tom Arnbom of Sweden will be on will be on the ‘Explorer of Sweden’ though the Northeast Passage, as will WWF Arctic Programme Director Neil Hamilton for much of the trip, replaced near the end by WWF polar bear coordinator Geoff York. On the ‘Silent Sound’ Cameron Dueck of the Open Passage Expedition will be filing regular stories from the Northwest passage.

Come back for photos and stories throughout the summer, and follow the progress of the boats as they follow in the wake of some of history’s most intrepid explorers.

North East Passage expedition
This summer the Swedish polar explorer Ola Skinnarmo and WWF will attempt to sail through the North East Passage, to document and highlight the incredible pace of change in the region.

It is now 130 years since the famous Swedish/Finnish explorer  Nordenskiöld finished his voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through the  North East Passage, the ice-fringed thread of water through the Russian Arctic.

At that time his ship, the Vega, was stuck in the ice for 10 months.

Due to climate change, it is now possible to challenge the passage by sailboat, and without the support of an icebreaker.