[Ed. – The last decade has seen several excursions to the Antarctic plagued by unexpected ice-pack encounters. Now they’re running into the same thing — i.e., ice — in the Arctic. This was in the Svalbard Archipelago north of Norway.]
Arctic tours ship MS MALMO with 16 passengers on board got stuck in ice on Sep 3 off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between Norway and North Pole. The ship is on Arctic tour with Climate Change documentary film team, and tourists, concerned with Climate Change and melting Arctic ice. All 16 Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe. 7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.