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The road was a bit bum­py last night. Well, the­se things hap­pen.

The­re is so much on the­se small islands in Ekm­anfjord. Admit­ted­ly, I tend to men­ti­on a few words about geo­lo­gy more or less every day, and sud­den­ly, it is all the­re around you. And the tun­dra is the finest any­whe­re in Spits­ber­gen. Real­ly! The result of thou­sands of years wit­hout dis­tur­ban­ce. An ama­zing car­pet with an end­less ran­ge of colours. Lichens. Mos­ses. A sea of Tuf­ted saxif­ra­ge. Litt­le peat towers that took thou­sands of years to grow one foot high. And so on.

And a Red-necked phalar­ope for tho­se who know to app­re­cia­te it.

In Skans­buk­ta, we could nice­ly obser­ve the dif­fe­rent ways to app­re­cia­te Spits­ber­gen. While we were craw­ling around on shore for almost two hours (not all of us mana­ged that long), Lan­gøy­sund, on a day trip from Lon­gye­ar­by­en, made a cir­cle in the bay at 8 knots and left again. End of sto­ry.

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

Now we hope that the polar bear that is han­ging around in Pyra­mi­den does not enter the ship while we are along­side tonight.

See you tomor­row.



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last modification: 2014-08-03 · copyright: Rolf Stange