Ice-breaking ships use their re-enforced hulls to plough through the Arctic and often carry scientific expeditions to see what mysteries can be uncovered in the freezing wastes. In the above time-lapse video, Cassandra Brooks narrates an expedition on the Nathaniel B. Palmer: a giant Icebreaker chartered by the US National Science Foundation.
The serene, unspoiled vistas have an almost hypnotic quality that hold a contemplative power: like Terrence Malick by way of YouTube. If you’re feeling a bit down, we recommend watching the above video — it’s the next best thing to packing your rucksack, donning your beanie and being there. (Make sure to stick around until the end when some penguins make an appearance.)