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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.

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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.

last modification: 2015-09-25 · copyright: Rolf Stange