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Hoor­ay! What a day! South Cape, usual­ly a term for many unplea­sant hours in rough seas, covering many pain­ful miles to get around the shal­lows, while too many on board are eating rever­se.

And this time? We star­ted the day con­se­quent­ly doing not­hing. That’s what ever­y­bo­dy had been asking for. Bre­ak­fast until noon, no pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, no lan­dings, no wha­les. Well, almost no wha­les.

And then, a calm and even plea­sant pas­sa­ge around Spitsbergen’s sou­thern­most point. You could have play­ed bil­lard on board!

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

Of cour­se we took the rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a lan­ding later, in Storm­buk­ta. I had not been the­re in 10 years! It was obvious­ly about time again. How often do you get to Sør­kapp Land? A for­bid­den coast. Hid­den behind bad wea­ther and many shal­lows. But almost invi­t­ing today. Spitsbergen’s lar­gest spring, Trol­lo­sen, is in good shape, against rumours say­ing some­thing dif­fe­rent. And the polar foxes, almost tame. Ear­lier „never again“ memo­ries from this often so unplea­sant coast are now over­lain by impres­si­ons from a first class lan­ding in Storm­buk­ta. Cheers!

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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last modification: 2014-08-02 · copyright: Rolf Stange