Interest in traversing the Northern Sea Route continues to increase, with seasonal changes making the route a more viable option for longer periods of the year. Part of the preparation for such a voyage is to understand the extent and limits of standard insurance terms and cover. That will also be relevant with respect to the necessary regulatory compliance issues that comes from taking this “new” route. Due to seasonal changes the route is becoming increasingly “ice free” (although that does not mean there is a total absence of ice). A passage along the Northern Sea Route does remain a voyage which requires careful preparation.