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Northern Spitsbergen – 7th/8th August 2016

7th/8th August 2016 – The day did not just start grey and wet, it also remained grey and wet. We adjusted our day in Raudfjord, which today was a Gråfjord, by making it shorter, just making a little mountain hike to have a view of a cloud from the inside and to stretch our legs a little bit. Then we pushed on to the northeast, the best thing one can do with such a day is enjoying a relaxed afternoon on board while making miles. We reached Sjuøyane after midnight and dropped anchor for some calm hours.

Also Sjuøyane were anything but fog-free today, but visibility was enough for a landing, to visit some walrusses and to make a walk in this high-arctic landscape. We finished the tour a bit earlier, as it turned out that the terrain was occuppied by a polar bear.

Vesle Tavleøya asnd Rossøya are Europe’s northernmost islands, rocks in this sea of fog that does not really want to be an ice sea anymore. But the islands are home to puffins. We saw also some of last year’s juveniles.

Gallery Northern Spitsbergen – 7th/8th August 2016

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We made good use of a breeze by continuing under sail towards the 81st parallel, sailing beyond the edge of most maps on board. Kind of leaving the world behind, for while.

last modification: 2016-08-09 · copyright: Rolf Stange