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Loo­king back at 2015 – August

I was on the sai­ling yacht Arc­ti­ca II when July left and August came. This sum­mer was unusual­ly ice-rich in Sval­bard, so we expec­ted to be unab­le to cir­cum­na­vi­ga­te Spits­ber­gen, some­thing that had not been the case for several years. But who would com­p­lain about too much ice in the arc­tic? Usual­ly, we are moa­ning about the oppo­si­te the­se days.

Cros­sing Prins Karls For­land from west to east is not qui­te like cros­sing Green­land. It can easi­ly be done as a day hike. But how often do you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty? The sea calm enough to go ashore on the expo­sed outer side? The wea­ther good enough to make it real­ly enjoya­ble? Ever­ything worked out well and we all tho­rough­ly enjoy­ed the stun­ning views over Prins Karls For­land and the adja­cent seas and moun­tains.

Some­thing that cros­ses my mind when I think back of this trip is the days that we spent in the ice in the sou­the­ast. The com­bi­na­ti­on of ice and cur­rent in Heley­sund was inde­ed spec­ta­cu­lar and some­thing one would not necessa­ri­ly want to do every day. Having done that, we con­si­de­red the cir­cum­na­vi­ga­ti­on a fact and I was hap­py to get to Bar­entsøya and Edgeøya. A sum­mer without get­ting to the­se islands in sou­the­as­tern Sval­bard would not be qui­te com­ple­te.

Not qui­te com­ple­te as of yet was our cir­cum­na­vi­ga­ti­on, as it tur­ned out. The ice in sou­thern Storfjord actual­ly almost made us doubt it would hap­pen at all, but after spen­ding some time loo­king for a pas­sa­ge, the strong Hur­tig­ru­ten ship Fram sud­den­ly came, pushed into the ice, thus crea­ting a chan­nel that we could use com­for­ta­b­ly.

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

While were were cir­cum­na­vi­ga­ting Spits­ber­gen not without some effort, some bra­ve adven­tu­rers went around Nord­aus­t­land – in sea kayaks! Actual­ly, two teams did this almost simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. For one of them, it was just a part of a pret­ty extre­me trip from and to Lon­gye­ar­by­en. This was one of the last big „firsts“ to be had in Sval­bard. Congra­tu­la­ti­ons!

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