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Kongsfjord – 23rd Sep­tem­ber 2015

I was curious what the day would bring. The first view through the port­ho­le, just befo­re 6 a.m., was not too pro­mi­sing. Litt­le but low clouds.
But what the day brought can easi­ly live up to the series of memo­rable days that we have had. The wild ice land­scape of one of few advan­cing gla­ciers in the area; crev­as­sed ice and a young morai­ne land­scape.

At the same time, a polar bear was roa­ming around on Blom­strand; not an ever­day event. Later, it went into the water, cir­cling around and obvious­ly loo­king for seals – a polar bear hun­ting in the water is not an ever­y­day sight eit­her, alt­hough it did not get any­thing. Later, it went ashore again, so we could see it in all its powerful beau­ty from a good distance. A male bear in good shape, wit­hout any marks from sci­en­tists, which is quite a tre­at.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

A visit to one of the small islands in Kongsfjord was to round the day up. A landing the­re is some­thing spe­cial in its­elf; the islands are a bird sanc­tua­ry and clo­sed during the sum­mer. A silent fire­work of calm colours and details and an asto­nis­hin­gly beau­tiful view on the sur­roun­ding pan­ora­ma of moun­ta­ins and gla­ciers in evening light.

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