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Habe­nicht­buk­ta – 01st + 02nd August 2015

Let’s for­get yes­ter­day. Too many tough hours were spent criss-cros­sing Storfjord, back and forth, in strong wind and high seas, try­ing to find an ope­ning in the ice and a pas­sa­ge south. What loo­ked like a pas­sa­ge tur­ned out to be a dead-end road. The east coast of Spits­ber­gen loo­ked so clo­se, Horn­sund­tind was clear­ly visi­ble, but as out-of-reach as the moon.

Habe­nicht­buk­ta – 01st + 02nd August 2015

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Final­ly we decla­red the case as hopeless for the time being and stea­med off towards Edgeøya, some more hours against the waves, but then we found a good ancho­ra­ge in Habe­nicht­buk­ta, shel­te­red from the sea and thus rea­son­ab­ly calm. Soon, life came back on our good, litt­le Arc­ti­ca II, peop­le appeared again and cha­os was tur­ned back into a cosy home.

The idea to sit the wea­ther out in this rather com­for­ta­ble posi­ti­on was quick­ly wel­co­med by ever­yo­ne. We could also expect that the ice, which accord­ing to all avail­ab­le infor­ma­ti­on couldn’t be more than a rela­tively thin stri­pe, should be spread by the strong wind, so a pas­sa­ge to the south cape should be pos­si­ble in the near future. So the next thing to do was a good din­ner, an enjoya­ble social evening and a good, long night’s sleep J

Pho­to Has­sen­stein­buk­ta – 02. August 2015

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The wide tun­dra of sou­thwes­tern Edgeøya is an arc­tic dream, so of cour­se we went out this morning to explo­re a bit, and our litt­le sunday morning walk tur­ned out to last a good cou­p­le of hours. The tun­dra has an ama­zing dis­play of colours, it covers a low­land of rol­ling hills on basalt rock. Altog­e­ther, this attracts the eye and the atten­ti­on without any limi­ta­ti­on. The wide flat-top­ped moun­tains in the distance give the sce­ne­ry the cha­rac­ter that is so typi­cal for sou­the­as­tern Spits­ber­gen. A wild, beau­ti­ful arc­tic coun­try. Colour­ful flowers, the polar wil­low is showing the first hints of autumn. A mul­ti-chan­n­eled arc­tic river, a rein­de­er, old fox traps from times of hun­ting which are histo­ry now sin­ce long. A long, silent rest to enjoy the impres­si­ons and let the eye wan­der and the spi­rit won­der.

Pho­to Habe­nicht­buk­ta – 02. August 2015

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A second lan­ding in the late after­noon tur­ned out to be a short-lived affair. After a short walk only, we saw a polar bear wal­king a bit fur­ther south. We went back to the ship and left him alo­ne in his king­dom.

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