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Pyramiden – 16th Juli 2015

No Spitsbergen-trip would be complete without a visit to one of the Russian settlements, so we were in Pyramiden today. Again, luck with the weather: last night, we engined against strong wind into Billefjord, rain and sleet around midnight, and as we started our excursion today – sunshine! Someone here seems to have excellent connections to the highest places.

So we could spend some very pleasant hours with various, contrast-rich impressions in the old ghost town. And as it turned grey and wet again around noon, it just made the tea and other goodies in the bar in hotel Tulipan taste even better.

The wind in Billefjord was not as strong anymore as yesterday, but enough to let us sail all the way to the entrance of Adventfjord without the engine. A nice, calm roundup for a very rich, intense Spitsbergen-trip, which was an impressive example for a trip that was great without having gone around the island although this had been the initial idea. It is the experience that counts, and that leaves nothing to be desired. Add good atmosphere amongst passengers and crew, and you have got all ingredients for the perfect trip.

At the time of writing, Antigua has already left Longyearbyen again – and again, under sail. And we are preparing to board the local sailing yacht Arctica II today: advanced Spitsbergen 2015. This will provide plenty of stuff for this blog, so keep coming back!

Gallery Pyramiden – 16th Juli 2015

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Finally, a big thanks to all participants of the Antigua-voyage and the crew of Captain Joachim for a great trip and good spirits!

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