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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 …

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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