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Storfjord – 26th July 2016

The wide-open Storfjord, often a very unplea­sant stretch of water, is lying like a mir­ror around us. After a late bre­ak­fast – the polar bear show kept us busy for a good part of the night – we reached Spitsbergen’s east coast and drop­ped the anchor. When you have the rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to step ashore on this expo­sed coast­li­ne, you just have to use it! The rocky coast­li­ne is a land­s­cape very much on its own, it loo­ks as if someo­ne had built a wall, but it is all natu­re. Some of the huge blocks show tracks of dino­saurs that were roa­ming here when this was still a wide, wet del­ta area in the lower Cret­ace­ous. Other rocks have been tur­ned to mushrooms and colum­ns by ero­si­on.

Gal­le­ry Storfjord – 26th July 2016

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

We con­ti­nue over flatcalm sea, the water appears oily, ful­mars are mir­ro­red, wha­le blows are going up, long backs are brea­king through the sur­face. Spitsbergen’s east coast is stret­ching all over the wes­tern hori­zon, moun­tains and gla­ciers, gla­ciers and moun­tains. The clouds are backing out, and the sun is cal­ming warm evening light over the who­le sce­ne­ry. What a night!

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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