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For­landsund – 06th July 2017

Enjoy­ing life in For­landsund! First during a visit to the Prins Karls For­land swim­ming club, which was rela­xing on the beach. Later while we were sai­ling and get­ting out into the small boat to enjoy the magni­ficent view of Anti­gua under full sails. Boat dri­ver Alwin and pas­sen­gers obvious­ly enjoy the trip.

Gal­le­ry – For­landsund – 06th July 2017

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Bellsund – 05th July 2017

We made almost 260 miles in 36 hours, a lar­ge part of it under sails. From Bar­entsøya to Bellsund. In Recher­chefjord, we made a lovely litt­le moun­tain hike, enjoy­ing insi­de impres­si­ons from a real arc­tic cloud, and a walk over the tun­dra and along the beach to a gla­cier lagoon. Later in Van Keu­len­fjord, it was qui­te grey and win­dy, but with ple­nty of rein­de­er on the tun­dra and grey phalar­o­pes on the beach.

Gal­le­ry – Bellsund – 05th July 2017

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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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Negri­breen-Heley­sund – 02nd July 2017

A see­min­gly lar­ge part of Negri­breen, Spitsbergen’s lar­gest gla­cier, came towards us alrea­dy in nort­hern Storfjord, in shape of an end­less, den­se stri­pe of ice­bergs. Many, many miles of ice­bergs, small and lar­ge ones, the who­le evening.

We spent sunday morning at Negri­breen, with Zodiacs and crui­sing with Anti­gua. A see­min­gly end­less ice cliff, which is very acti­ve in parts. A sec­tion of the gla­cier front is so crev­as­sed that the gla­cier is actual­ly fal­len apart. The ice cliff is up to 70 metres high! Mea­su­red with radar and sex­tant.

Gal­le­ry – Negri­breen-Heley­sund – 02nd July 2017

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We con­ti­nue through Heley­sund, which is sur­pri­sin­gly open, hence no pro­blem. The cur­rent is impres­si­ve. Tog­e­ther with the stun­ning sce­ne­ry, this makes for an ama­zing pas­sa­ge. It is so beau­ti­ful that we take it three times, through Heley­sund and both chan­nels of Orm­ho­let. So final­ly we end up on the eas­tern side and enjoy the open drift ice the­re in the evening.

Kval­vå­gen – 01st July 2017

We make good use of the calm wea­ther and con­ti­nue our seri­es of unli­kely lan­dings with a walk on the east coast of Spits­ber­gen. We explo­re fasci­na­ting coas­tal land­s­capes with bizar­re rock for­ma­ti­ons of stron­gly wea­the­red sand­stone. Dino­saurs were wal­king around here a good 100 mil­li­on years ago when the sand­stone was still soft sand. Their tracks are still well visi­ble in a cou­p­le of pla­ces. Today, a polar fox fami­ly is play­ing here, enjoy­ing a mild arc­tic sum­mer day.

We con­ti­nue under sails nor­thwards in Storfjord, awai­t­ing the next days’ events with gre­at curiou­si­ty.

Gal­le­ry – Kval­vå­gen – 01st July 2017

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