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Bill­efjord – 1st May, 2017

In the morning, the wind turns direct­ly into Skans­buk­ta, which does not hap­pen too often. But the eas­tern side of Bill­efjord is per­fect­ly shel­te­red. And per­fect­ly sun­ny. A good oppor­tu­ni­ty for a final lan­ding of this trip. Beach rid­ges and mari­ne ter­as­ses, drift­wood and the Bill­efjor­den fault zone, we spend time with all of this as well as with the beau­ti­ful views and the silence.

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

We have not yet given up hope for a polar bear sigh­t­ing. We are pret­ty sure that one or two polar bears will be around in the area. The­re is still ice in Adolf­buk­ta in front of Nor­dens­kiöld­breen and in Petu­nia­buk­ta, with ple­nty of seals. We keep watching until the eyes start bur­ning. Not­hing in terms of polar bears. Well, you can’t have it all wit­hin a few days. A polar bear sigh­t­ing would have been the icing on the cake, but this cake has been a gre­at one even without icing on it. It is a gre­at trip that is com­ing to an end now as we approach Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

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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