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2013, 2014: Spitsbergen-Svalbard.com’s look back – polar voya­ges

The core of my polar acti­vi­ties in 2013 has been the direct, unfil­te­red expe­ri­ence of the Arc­tic and Ant­arc­tic. This has always been and will always be the most important part for me, of my life. And regar­ding this, 2013 has defi­ni­te­ly been a very suc­cess­ful year. Some high­lights:

The semi-cir­cum­na­vi­ga­ti­on of Ant­arc­ti­ca, inclu­ding a visit to the Ross Sea, was without any doubt a high­light and some­thing every polar enthu­si­ast will have on his or her wish­list. I am glad that I could be part of it in Febru­a­ry 2013. The next voya­ges of this kind are sche­du­led for ear­ly 2015, and I am alrea­dy loo­king for­ward to it!

One of many unf­or­gett­able polar impres­si­ons in 2013: Emperor pen­gu­ins in the Ross Sea, ear­ly Febru­a­ry.

Emperor penguins, Ross Sea

Several mon­ths in Spits­ber­gen in win­ter and spring 2013 were defi­ni­te­ly a high­light bey­ond the per­spec­ti­ve of 2013. Just have a look at the pho­to gal­le­ries!

On the way to the east coast of Spits­ber­gen, April 2013.

on the way to the east coast of Spitsbergen

This was fol­lo­wed by several voya­ges in the arc­tic on board SV Anti­gua. Always a high­light, that is fore sure. And this sum­mer was cer­tain­ly no disap­point­ment. We star­ted in Nor­way, went to Bear Island and then around Spits­ber­gen several times. Inten­se arc­tic expe­ri­en­ces of all kinds, beau­ti­ful impres­si­ons. This kind of arc­tic voya­ge will cer­tain­ly con­ti­nue to be a focus for me.

This curious polar bear kept swim­ming around Anti­gua for qui­te a while. Unf­or­gett­able for all of us who were the­re!

polar bear swimming near Antigua

Then fol­lo­wed two trips in Scores­by­sund in east Green­land on SV Ópal from Ice­land in Sep­tem­ber. Just gre­at. Beau­ti­ful, big Green­land. Good boat, good peop­le. I am loo­king for­ward to more of this in 2015.

With SV Ópal in Scores­by­sund, east Green­land. Again: Auch hier: Unf­or­gett­able for all of us who were the­re!

Ópal in Scoresbysund, east Greenland

In Novem­ber I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to visit the South Sand­wich Islands. Rare­ly visi­ted, and new land for me. Exci­ting stuff! This was part of a voya­ge that went to some of the gre­at pla­ces on Earth: the Falk­land Islands, South Geor­gia and the Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la.

Saun­ders Island, South Sand­wich Islands. And once more: Unf­or­gett­able for all of us who were the­re!

Saunders Island, South Sandwich Islands

I will con­ti­nue tra­vel­ling in polar are­as as long as I can, by all means. For sure. I’ll be in Spits­ber­gen several times next year: soon in the polar night, then during the spring sea­son which is ide­al for any kind of win­ter tra­ve­ling, and of cour­se during the sum­mer sai­ling sea­son. I’ll tra­vel on sai­ling ships of tall ship size (Anti­gua) and smal­ler (Arc­ti­ca II, a true arc­tic yacht). In July, I’ll spend about a week on Jan May­en. And I’ll be back to Green­land in 2015 at the latest. 2014 will be too short. As every year.

Cour­se for the Arc­tic in 2014!

Course for the Arctic!

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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