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For­landsund – 15th July 2016

Some­ti­mes being a bit late is good thing. It is easy to keep the rou­ti­ne, fal­ling asleep in Isfjord and waking up in Kongsfjord. This time, we had a cou­p­le of important things to do befo­re we could take off from Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

As men­tio­ned, the­re were some advan­ta­ges in that. Nor­mal­ly, ever­y­bo­dy is just pas­sing by Daud­manns­od­den, but it is such a beau­ti­ful place. This time, we just drop­ped anchor the­re. The sea flatcalm around this expo­sed shore, whe­re it can get pret­ty wild in wes­ter­ly or sou­ther­ly winds. They say this does hap­pen here some­ti­mes.

Lovely coas­tal land­s­cape and wide tun­dra. Huge beaches, lots of drift­wood, wide seri­es of old beach rid­ges, litt­le bays hid­den behind coas­tal rocks.

It went on like that. Ins­tead of hea­ding strai­ght north, we went loo­king for wha­les in sou­thern For­landsund. And – we were lucky. A Blue wha­le was slow­ly swim­ming around, fee­ding. Fol­lowing him care­ful­ly for a while, we hap­pen­ed to get clo­ser to the sou­thern tip of Prins Karls For­land, we we just took the oppor­tu­ni­ty and went ashore. We had sai­led past it 1000 times, and admi­red the stron­gly struc­tu­re coast­li­ne just as many times on the map. Now it was time to see it in rea­li­ty, which tur­ned out to be even nicer than on the map, which was no sur­pri­se.

Gal­le­ry For­landsund – 15th July 2016

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

After lea­ving Prins Karls For­land, we saw even more wha­les, ano­t­her Blue and one or two Hump­back wha­les. Yet ano­t­her Blue wha­le was seen qui­te clo­se to the ship around mid­ni­ght, but the long day had alrea­dy taken its toll and most peop­le did not see it any­mo­re.

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 (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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