Anyone venturing north into the Arctic has the benefit of fantastic information on the regional ice conditions as well as the usual weather updates.
From May onwards the Danish and Canadian governments produce updated ice data complete with images that we can download and use to help our routefinding decision making.
Initially this data is restricted to the southern areas but from June onwards the whole of the Arctic is included.
I have been downloading the ice charts for Newfoundland and the coast of southern Labrador since the beginning of May and it is possible to see the melting process in action.
The ice chart above shows the area covering Newfoundland and the southern Labrador coast.
The belle isle strait is still ice choked as is much of the east coasts