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80 degrees north – 09th July 2017

Who would have thought a week ago that we would make it up to 80 degrees north? Back then, we were still some­whe­re in the far sou­the­ast, facing a long pas­sa­ge around the south cape. And now, we are sud­den­ly on the north coast 🙂

Even on 80 degrees north. Mof­fen is not far. It is not allo­wed to make lan­dings the­re until mid Sep­tem­ber. Con­di­ti­ons would be per­fect today. Flat-calm waters, open drift ice. We cele­bra­ted the 80th par­al­lel duly and enjoy­ed the magic of the ice. We just escaped a win­te­ring on an ice floe 😉

We made good use of the calm con­di­ti­ons on the north coast by making a rela­tively rare lan­ding at Vel­komstpyn­ten, on the north coast of Reins­dyr­flya. A nice hike over the tun­dra took us to Vel­komstvar­den, just 95 metres high, but that is hig­her than anything near­by, hence pro­vi­ding an ama­zing view over Reins­dyr­flya, Woodfjord and Lief­defjord.

Gal­le­ry – 80 degrees north – 09th July 2017

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

After our lan­ding, the­re was a lot less plastic on the beach east of Vel­komstvar­den. Enough to fill several lar­ge bags. Good thing! So the gre­at polar BBQ that Sascha, Jana & Co had pre­pa­red for us on deck was well deser­ved and great­ly enjoy­ed, while Anti­gua was making her way south through the drift ice, deeper into Woodfjord.

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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