This web portal gives access to the latest products and information about sea ice, snow and permafrost - the cryosphere - from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.


2020 is one of the years with the least ice in the Arctic

So far, 2020 is one of the years we have measured the least sea ice in the Arctic. In October, almost four million square kilometers of ice are missing compared to what was common in the 80s. This corresponds to an area ten times the size of Norway.


New snow depth figures on

Snow depth is observed daily, both manually and automatically, at stations throughout Norway. At we have now further developed a product that shows the current snow depth (starting 1st september every year) in relation to previous years and all-time highs and lows.


Arctic sea-ice status summer 2020: Updated!

Arctic sea-ice anomalyThe summer of 2020 broke several records in the Arctic. Here's an updated status of the Arctic sea-ice conditions in summer 2020.


Arctic sea-ice status summer 2020: new record low for July

The July 2020 mean sea-ice extent is the lowest on record for this month in the 40+ years long satellite record, with an averaged value of 8.1 million square kilometers. July 2020 stole the record from July 2012. The 10 years of lowest sea-ice extent for July have all occurred since 2007.


Rapid snowmelt in the North

Following a very snowy winter, with record snow depths in several places, more than half of Troms and Finnmark has melted free of snow in just a couple of weeks.