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


Follow the Arctic sea-ice melt season on!

 This webpage will hold daily updated sea-ice extent graphs until the end of the Arctic melt season 2019.


Record early sea ice melt outside Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska

The 2019 sea ice melt outside the Alaskan city Utqiagvik (Barrow) happens record early. The regional sea ice extent of June 2019 is comparable to the July extent for the previous record year of 2017. The 2019 regional sea ice extent curve is two months earlier than for the 1980s.

Planned Maintenance

On Monday May 13st, a scheduled maintenance will take place between 9:30 and 11:00pm. During this time the site might be unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Animation showing Easter snow melt

This animation shows the snow cover melting away through Easter 2019. Each daily snow cover map is based on satellite data information from the AVHRR instrument flying on polar orbiting satellites.

Winter polynya north of Greenland

2018 was the first time since the start of satellite observations in 1979 that an area of open water (or polynya) in the sea ice occurred north of Greenland during winter months.