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For­landsund-Isfjord – 12th July 2017

The best days are often tho­se ones whe­re you don’t fol­low plans, but things just hap­pen. One more good rea­son just to fol­low the wind some­ti­mes!

To begin with, we were a bit late, as we had spent qui­te a bit of time last night with the bird cliff and the blue fox in Krossfjord. So we were not in Isfjord when we woke up, but still in For­landsund. Which was not bad, it is a beau­ti­ful area, and we set cour­se for a lan­ding site after bre­ak­fast, ent­e­ring a lovely, litt­le natu­ral har­bour with the Zodiacs. We enjoy­ed the beau­ties of the west coast tun­dra for a while, the colour­ful flowers, the wide-open tun­dra, views from litt­le hills, the rug­ged coast­li­ne, until we spot­ted a polar bear in the distance. It tur­ned out to be a mother bear with two cubs!

Gal­le­ry – For­landsund-Isfjord – 12th July 2017

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

We moved out, but later we mana­ged to get some stun­ning views of the polar bear fami­ly from the Zodiacs. The three were fee­ding from the car­cass of a wal­rus. An unf­or­gett­able moment and an unex­pec­ted high­light of this voya­ge, which is slow­ly com­ing towards its end! It was – still is – a gre­at trip, some­thing that we cele­bra­ted in the evening, after ano­t­her, litt­le lan­ding on Erd­mann­flya, without polar bears this time, with our tra­di­tio­nal Captain’s Din­ner. Cheers!

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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