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Ice … with a litt­le help from my friends – 03rd August 2015

Yes, the ice keeps on kee­ping us busy for some time. The next den­se belt of drift ice is just ahead of us. Sør­kapp Land seems so clo­se. Given the­se con­di­ti­ons, the­re are not many other ships in the area, but we are not the only ones now. The Hur­tig­ru­ten ship MS Fram is north of us, stea­ming south, a fast, strong ves­sel with a friend­ly Cap­tain. We con­ti­nue behind Fram, the ship is wide enough to crea­te a nice chan­nel in the ice. Their pas­sen­gers are enjoy­ing the ope­ra­ti­on, and so do we. Not an ever­y­day thing, defi­ni­te­ly.

Pho­to Sør­kapp – 03rd August 2015 – 1/3

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After a first, den­se sec­tion, the ice is get­ting more open. Kit­ty­wa­kes are fishing in Fram’s wake, and the wild sce­ne­ry of Sør­kapp Land pro­vi­des a sple­ndid back­ground. And as a final high­light, a polar bear is showing up. A big, strong, proud male, batt­le-scar­red with many scars on its face and nose.

Pho­to Sør­kapp – 03rd August 2015 – 2/3

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The wide pas­sa­ge around the south cape takes most of the night, and the­re are drift ice fiel­ds bet­ween us and the coast all of the time. Same now, in the ear­ly morning. Horn­sund is in view, but behind wide ice fiel­ds. We are crui­sing bet­ween the ice floes, Pål is enjoy­ing his time on the stee­ring wheel, while I am watching for polar bears and wri­ting this blog in bet­ween.

Pho­to Sør­kapp – 03rd August 2015 – 3/3

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We will keep a distance to Horn­sund, let’s see whe­re we end up today, pro­bab­ly Bellsund. A good, safe ancho­ra­ge is the next thing we need, some rest for the skip­per, a lan­ding for ever­y­bo­dy else.

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