Icebreaker headed for North Pole turned back by thicker ice than expected

Wasn’t the Arctic supposed to be ice-free by now? I am sure that this ice breaker just did not employ the right ice-breaking techniques. They should have fixed Al Gore to the bow of the ship and the ice would have disappeared magically. Why haven’t they thought of this themselves? Do we have to tell them everything?

The Norwegian icebreaker “Kronprins Haakon” (Crown Prince Haakon), on a mission to the North Pole for the Institute of Marine Research, was forced to turn back north of Svalbard after meeting considerably thicker and more massive ice masses than expected, which the vessel was not capable of breaking through.

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