No, not the Arctic Ocean. But still, it was ice.
Today the BBC film crew wanted some beauty shots of the team pulling sledges on ice...and they got not just beautiful but spectacular! It was great for the team too - our first tentative steps onto ice, albeit just some ice adjacent to the coast of Longyearbyen beach. We will be becoming much more familiar with ice in all its forms over the next month.
The team looked great, strung out in a long line - but they weren't the most interesting sight on the beach....that place was taken by a group of French students that passed them before jumping into the water for a swim.
We intend to do absolutely zero swimming of any kind on our trip!