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Some days fall into shape by them­sel­ves, start­ing a bit vague in the mor­ning (or the day befo­re, when I am deve­lo­ping ide­as) and then beco­ming ama­zing days which have their own dyna­mics. Some­ti­mes, things just hap­pen.

I had to con­sider other ships and mixed wea­ther, so I had been thin­king for quite a while about dif­fe­rent opti­ons for the mor­ning, befo­re Mid­ter­huk­ham­na crossed my mind. And it tur­ned out to be the ide­al choice, even wit­hout Grey phalar­opes. Other than that – pure plea­su­re in one of Spitsbergen’s most fri­end­ly are­as.

What was sup­po­sed to be a hike tur­ned out to be the trip’s shor­test landing later. It was all the fault of this lazy polar bear that was slee­ping behind some stones. It was only later that we found out that it was actual­ly a good thing: it saved us from a rai­ny after­noon. Ins­tead, we went to Akseløya, whe­re we enjoy­ed suns­hi­ne for most of the late after­noon, apart from a few rain­drops. Gre­at, warm evening light on the nor­t­hern slo­pes of Mid­ter­huk­fjel­let with its ama­zing folds. This moun­tain is real­ly uni­que among­st all moun­ta­ins in this world. The same holds true for the island.

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Dozens of Grey phalar­opes, and it felt like a bil­li­on of Arc­tic terns who didn’t like us at all, for what reason one might only guess. A pair of Arc­tic sku­as, dark morph, both of them. What else? As if all this wasn’t quite enough alre­a­dy. A shame only that the last days star­ted to have an effect on many; not ever­y­bo­dy had enough ener­gy left for this landing.



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