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Sai­ling along the north coast & Virgo­ham­na – 9th/10th Juli 2015

Admit­ted­ly, it wasn’t real­ly high per­for­mance sai­ling yes­ter­day evening. But at least, we were moving under sail, even into the right direc­tion, rough­ly. That chan­ged today in the ear­ly morning. We were still slow, but then going towards north Green­land. Also an inte­res­ting place, but not in our plan for the time being. But then the wind came, and we were hea­ding with up to 10 knots into Smee­ren­burgfjord.

Pho­to Ver­le­gen­hu­ken – 09th Juli 2015

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Ama­zin­gly, the wind died down at the right time, as we wan­ted to make a lan­ding in the after­noon. Virgo­ham­na, the arc­tic ver­si­on of Cape Cana­veral, open air muse­um of aero­nau­ti­cal north pole expe­di­ti­ons.

Pho­to Virgo­ham­na – 10th Juli 2015

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Har­bour seals are not exact­ly ani­mals one would asso­cia­te with the high arc­tic. The ones here kind of got stuck here. Lef­tovers from a time, several thousand years ago, when the cli­ma­te was a bit war­mer. They thri­ved and got well estab­lis­hed. Then it coo­led down again, but they stay­ed. Pro­bab­ly not living the grea­test har­bour seal life any­mo­re, but they at least. An unusu­al sight in Spits­ber­gen. Often, they don’t like peop­le get­ting near them on shore, but they don’t mind small boats too much, and so we could make a nice visit. Fun­ny how they are res­ting on stones. Doesn’t look too com­for­ta­ble …

UN Secreta­ry-Gene­ral Ban Ki-moon is visi­t­ing Sval­bard

United Nati­ons Secreta­ry-Gene­ral Ban Ki-moon is cur­r­ent­ly on an offi­cial trip in Sval­bard. The visit is part of the UN´s cam­pain in pre­pe­ra­ti­on of the upco­m­ing UN Cli­ma­te Chan­ge Con­ven­ti­on in Decem­ber 2015. Ban intends to get an over­view over the local effects of glo­bal war­ming in the Arc­tic and to use the publi­ci­ty of his visit to pri­ma­ri­ly inform about the alar­ming extend of gla­cial mel­ting.

On Tues­day Ban arri­ved at the air­port in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, accom­pa­nied by the Nor­we­gi­an For­eign Minis­ter Bør­ge Bre­de. The guests were direct­ly taken to the Nor­we­gi­an rese­arch ves­sel ‘Lan­ce’, which had recent­ly retur­ned from a rese­arch ope­ra­ti­on in the ice, north of Sval­bard. Onboard the ‘Lan­ce’ they were brought to Ny-Åle­sund whe­re sci­en­tists of the Nor­we­gi­an Polar Insti­tu­te infor­med Ban about the situa­ti­on in Sval­bard. After­wards they took a boat trip to the edge of the gla­cier Blom­strand­breen, which had mel­ted signi­fi­cant­ly sin­ce Ban’s last visit in 2009. The next stop on the tour is again Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

Ban Ki-moon,
CC BY-SA 2.0 by
Minis­te­rie van Bui­ten­land­se Zaken

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Source: United Nati­ons

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