This was at 2:29 in the morning as we neared the Antarctic Circle.
Our icebreaker cruised through ice flows like this as if they were nothing. But, the large ice ridges off in the distance were a different story. The captain studied them closely before picking his route so that he could push through a weak spot. We were allowed in the bridge and it was interesting listening to our captain shout out orders. Things like “Go right there and ram it!” Even though he was Russian, he was giving orders in broken English I think in part for our entertainment. I got the feeling that icebreaker Captains live for this – at least it appeared that our Captain was having a good time.