We are the champions

“We are the champions. We are the CHAMPIONS!” Seaman Tom is rubbing it in at dinner tonight. Earlier this morning the crew of Lance were planning strategies, polishing their studs (sort of) and Captain Johnny was walking up and down the bridge with a yellow football under his arm and a smile on his face.

A small group of people playing football on the Arctic ice.

Photo: Frede Lamo / Norwegian Polar Institute

A small group of people playing football on the Arctic ice.

Photo: Frede Lamo / Norwegian Polar Institute

Working from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, and week after week, is exhausting. It can also be monotonous as we are stationary at an ice floe and are mostly taking routine samples and measurements.

After a while you start to lose track of days. But every time cook Frode serves us the special traditional Norwegian lunch with herring, rømmegrøt and risgrøt and then beef for dinner, we know that it is Saturday again.

It is also good to break up the daily routine with fun activities. This morning seaman Tom and Tommy were out on snowmobiles mowing the snow to make it compact and level for a football field. A can of blue spray paint was all that was needed to complete the field.

Crew of Lance vs. N-ICE2015 team: Stumbling bodies, legs disappearing halfway down into the wet snow, sliding, falling while trying to run after a yellow football. Lots of passion and lots of laughter!

Tom`s teasing at dinner doesn`t bite. We all had great fun today.

Three women pose as cheerleader on the Arctic ice.

Cheerleaders Allison, Mar and Hanna. Photo: Frede Lamo / Norwegian Polar Institute

Satellite image of the arctic ice, with Lance's drift path as of 8 June 2015.

Satellite image, 8 June 2015. Photo: RADARSAT-2 © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates