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Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 10th June 2016

The wes­ter­ly bree­ze had been quite lively, so we had deci­ded to spend yet ano­ther day in Wood­fjord befo­re retur­ning to the west coast. But this mor­ning we awo­ke near the icy beau­ty of Svitjod­breen in the magni­fi­cent Fuglefjord. Ple­nty of gla­cier ice drif­ting in the water, while we are enjoy­ing break­fast and loo­king out for wild­life.

Gal­lery Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 10th June 2016

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

Five lazy wal­rus­ses are hau­led out in Smee­ren­burg near the old blub­ber ovns, at which we then have a look, one after the other. How cruel must life have been here 4 cen­tu­ries ago! The wha­lers were wea­ring woo­len swea­ters which did not give much pro­tec­tion from the ever-pre­sent wind, and thin lea­ther shoes. Even for us, in wea­ther-pro­of out­door gear and rub­ber boots, it is cold today! And it was cer­tain­ly not war­mer back then, in the 17th cen­tu­ry.



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