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Ice chart - Cape Farewell

The waters around Cape Farewell are amongst the most dangerous in the world for navigation. This is due to the sometimes extremely harsh weather conditions combined with the existence of both icebergs and meter-thick ice floes.

The mapping of ice in the Cape Farewell region has the highest priority for the DMI, and this region is, therefore, also the one in Greenland waters for which ice charting is done most frequently.

Ice conditions around Cape Farewell are to a great extent controlled by the East Greenland Current. This ocean current transports large quantities of sea ice and icebergs southwards along the East Greenland coast towards Cape Farewell.

Icebergs are found around Cape Farewell all year round whereas the region usually is free of sea ice August-December. This is due to the fact that the ice melts during summer and that it takes four to five months for “Storisen” (meter-thick sea ice formed in the Polar Sea) to travel all the way southwards along the east coast of Greenland.