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Jan Mayen: arrival

2014, 03rd/04th July Of cour­se it was qui­te a reli­ef to reach Jan May­en after this cros­sing. As we went clo­ser to land, the move­ment of the boat decre­a­sed and heads pop­ped brief­ly up to get the first glim­p­ses of Jan May­en and Bee­ren­berg, which was towe­ring abo­ve the clouds. We ancho­red in Kval­ross­buk­ta on Thurs­day in the late evening, almost at mid­ni­ght. The shel­ter of the bay made life much more enjoya­ble again, some­thing we all appre­cia­ted great­ly. None of us had enough ener­gy to go ashore. It was gre­at to get some food again, a need that had lar­ge­ly been igno­red for several days, and Sigur­dur was quick to put some­thing very enjoya­ble tog­e­ther, which chee­red ever­y­bo­dy up great­ly.

Some had to dis­co­ver that things often don’t stay dry on a small sai­ling boat in bad wea­ther. It was not nice to arri­ve at Jan May­en with wet stuff and damp slee­ping bags. More water­pro­of bags would be on the list next time.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

After a good cou­p­le of hours of well-deser­ved rest and a hear­ty bre­ak­fast, it was time to go ashore. The hours went quick­ly by sor­ting gear out, dry­ing wet things, car­ry­ing per­so­nal belon­gings, tents and all the rest of it from the beach to the camp, collec­ting tons of stones to secu­re the tents … I don’t think I had ever car­ri­ed so many stones befo­re in my life.

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 (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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