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Barent­søya – 03rd July 2017

To our own sur­pri­se, we sai­led around Barent­søya last night and ente­red Free­man­sund from the east. We spent a cold, but impres­si­ve mor­ning in a litt­le can­yon with a kit­ty­wa­ke colo­ny and a very rela­xed polar fox. Later, the wind blew us out of Free­man­sund, but we found a suf­fi­ci­ent­ly shel­te­red landing site on the wes­tern side of Barent­søya. A strong con­trast bet­ween the tun­dra that grew during thou­sands of years on basal­tic bed­rock and the moon­like morai­ne that was crea­ted by an advan­cing gla­cier exact­ly 100 years ago. Not enough time to crea­te a lot of vege­ta­ti­on bey­ond some flowers here and the­re.

Now we are under sail, with a plea­sant nor­the­as­ter­ly wind, hea­ding for the south cape and the west coast of Spits­ber­gen.

Gal­lery – Barent­søya – 03rd July 2017

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