Sometimes life seems rotten and you just want to get away from it all. Spending two months on an Arctic icebreaker probably isn't the best way to deal with your issues, but this time-lapse video does make the prospect alluring...
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.)