Where to find Arctic Sea Ice

Sea ice cover in July
Sea ice cover in February

About 12-13 million square kilometres of the Arctic Basin are covered by ice in winter. Additional sea ice covers much of Baffin Bay and Hudson Bay, as well as the Labrador Sea. Nearly all of the Arctic and sub-Arctic shores are ice-bound throughout the winter. By late summer, the amount of Arctic sea ice is reduced to about 9 million square kilometres. During this season, loose pack ice from the Arctic moves southward along the east Greenland coast and from Baffin Bay down the Labrador coast into the north Atlantic Ocean. Although lanes of water open in the summer along the mainland, many of the channels in the Canadian archipelago remain ice-clogged year-round.