Simplified ice chart and reference charts

Normal situation Previous ice map Ice map of the previous year Icebreakers

Previous ice map


The ice has drifted northward in the Bay of Bothnia

In the northern Bay of Bothnia off Tornio and Kemi 10-25 cm thick fast ice. Farther out 5-15 cm thick level and very close ice and shuga to Kemi 2. From Oulu to Löyhä 5-15 cm thick fast ice. Farther out to Kattilankalla thin drift ice and new ice.

In the southern Bay of Bothnia and the Quark new ice in places along the shores and inner archipelago.

Lake Saimaa in places thin ice. In the Saimaa Canal there is 2-10 cm thick new ice.

Icebreakers: Meteor assists in the northern Lake Saimaa. Iso-Pukki assists in the southern Lake Saimaa and Saimaa Canal.

Assistance restrictions: Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels:
Lake Saimaa and Saimaa Canal, II of more than 1300 tons.

Alterations to the assistance restrictions: Minimum ice class and deadweight required of assisted vessels from 15th December:
Tornio, Kemi and Oulu, II of more than 2000 tons.

Vessels bound for Gulf of Bothnia ports in which assistance restrictions apply shall, when passing the latitude 60°00'N, report their nationality, name, port of destination, ETA and speed to ICE INFO on VHF channel 78. This report can also be given directly by phone +46 10 492 7600.

Vessels bound for a Finnish or Swedish port in the Quark or the Bay of Bothnia shall give an advance report to Bothnia VTS 20 nautical miles before Nordvalen Lighthouse on VHF channel 67.

About the charts

The ice chart of the whole Baltic Sea (pdf) is published in the autumn twice a week (Monday and Thursday) and daily when the amount of ice increases until until ice break-up in spring. It represents current ice situation, ice breaker positions and assistance restrictions in the Baltic Sea.

The simplified charts are updated once a week at the latest on Tuesday morning. The first one represents measured level ice thicknesses, ice coverage and sea surface temperature. The reference charts represent average, 1965 – 1986, ice situation on that day (= normaali), last week´s situation, last year´s situation and the positions of the ice breakers.

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Explanation of chart's Finnish words

  • jäätä: ice
  • vettä: water
  • haurasta: rotten ice


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