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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.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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