Image of The Week: A Cargo Ship on The Frozen Gulf of Bothnia – Finland

This weeks image was captured in 2007 whilst I was aboard an ‘Ice Breaker‘ in the ‘Gulf of Bothnia’ , just off shore from the industrial hub, and port town of Kemi. The gulf usually begins to freeze around November, and does not completely thaw out until some time in April on most years. Complete freezing of the gulf does not occur until the month of January.

This image was taken in early March, when the gulf was completely frozen over, with the approximate thickness of the ice about 40cm. In extremely harsh winters the Gulf of Bothnia can be frozen with an ice thickness of up to 85cm. This poses quite a task for the ice breakers carving the paths for the ships to ferry cargo as pictured below.

A cargo ship pushing it's way through the ice in the gulf of finland

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This Ship’s Image Was Taken in The Gulf of Bothnia at This Location


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Jason has travelled the world extensively during the last 20 years, with overland journeys on six continents and across almost 90 countries. This site serves as a chronicle of the images and tales from these journeys, as well as offering advice and general information for other like minded travellers.

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  • Dave from The Longest Way Home

    Now this looks like a pretty good trip. How did you end up on an ice breaker is going to the the question of the day. And yes, I must say it does sound “cool” to say you were on board an “ice breaker” LOL

  • Jason

    Hey Dave – I wasn’t aboard for any special reason other than being your stock standard tourist. That aside, it was quite a memorable day, although quite expensive. I will write a post about it in the next couple of weeks so I won’t give to much away here, but the feeling of standing on the bow of a ship as it crunched it’s way through the unbroken sheet ice was a site (and sound) to behold.

  • Andi Perullo

    Wow, now that’s cold!!!

  • Jason

    Hey Andi – It was quite cold as the ship moved along, with the wind whipping up of the ice. If you asked any local though, they would probably tell you that it was a mild day for that time of year.

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