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Ves­t­fjord & Bodø – 04th Novem­ber 2017

The wind had cal­med down a bit, but it was still strong enough, com­ing from the south, so we deci­ded to set sails and cour­se to the west, rather than moto­ring against wind and waves sou­thwards. So we waved good­bye to Lofo­ten when we left the pier in Svol­vær after bre­ak­fast (bet­ter to be on the safe side!). The islands gave us a lovely fare­well, with some sun, a rain­bow abo­ve the famous „Lofo­ten wall“ (of moun­tains, rising strai­ght up from the sea) and fair winds.

We spent the next cou­p­le of hours sai­ling in good style across Ves­t­fjord, strai­ght towards the main­land, befo­re we reached the sker­ries at the Nor­we­gi­an coast. A stun­ning coast­li­ne inde­ed! It is always gre­at to see new land.

The last after­noon of such a voya­ge goes always quick­ly by. The­re is some­thing to see as long as the­re is light. The sun is cur­r­ent­ly going down here clo­se to 3 p.m. The final pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, the triplogs needs to be finis­hed, some pre­pa­ra­ti­ons for depar­tu­re tomor­row. The usu­al logistics. Still, dif­fe­rent this time. It is the last time for this nort­hern sea­son.

A big cir­cle clo­sed when we went along­side in Bodø in the evening. We left from here on May 19 to sail via Lofo­ten and Bear Island up to Spits­ber­gen. It was the same place whe­re we left, but it feels like a gala­xy away. Back then, it was 24 hours of day­light. We had a long arc­tic sum­mer ahead of us. Now, the sun is hard­ly making it abo­ve the hori­zon. And we have got a long arc­tic sum­mer behind us. So many adven­tures with all the good crew of the Anti­gua and all the polar tra­vel­lers who joi­ned us on the various jour­neys.

Gal­le­ry – Ves­t­fjord & Bodø – 04th Novem­ber 2017

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

A big „thank you“ to ever­y­bo­dy who was part of it for a gre­at time, full of ama­zing adven­tures, impres­si­ons … you have never seen ever­ything in the Arc­tic, you keep lear­ning fore­ver. The way the­re, to have seen and to know ever­ything, is infi­ni­te. Yet, we got a good bit fur­ther. It is the pur­po­se never real­ly to get the­re, rather to spend as much time as pos­si­ble on the way. It would be a shame to have seen it all, you have to have some dreams left … the­re will alway be ple­nty of it. The jour­ney will never end.

Tho­se thoughts asi­de – the spi­rits were high on this last evening. The last week had not given us any wha­le sightin­gs or nort­hern lights real­ly worth men­tio­ning, but other than that, actual­ly qui­te a lot. Many impres­si­ons as they are typi­cal for this land­s­cape of coasts and islands in north Nor­way at this sea­son. Good atmo­s­phe­re on board. Good to have been part of it!

Rus­si­an heli­co­p­ter wreck lifted

The wreck of the Rus­si­an heli­co­p­ter that cras­hed into Isfjord clo­se to Bar­ents­burg pre­vious Thurs­day was lifted last night. The spe­cial ship Maer­sk For­za was brought to Spits­ber­gen for this task and com­ple­ted the work suc­cess­ful­ly on the night from Fri­day to Satur­day. The­re were 8 per­sons on board the MI-8-heli­co­p­ter when it cras­hed, inclu­ding 5 crew mem­bers and 3 sci­en­tists. One body had alrea­dy been found some days ago about 130 m away from the wreck. The­re is no trace so far from the other crew mem­bers, and the search for them will be con­ti­nued.

The cock­pit voice recor­der could secu­red tog­e­ther with GPS units which are expec­ted to have the actu­al flight track saved. They will be brought to Mosk­va for fur­ther inves­ti­ga­ti­ons.

Mean­while, ques­ti­ons are rai­sed regar­ding the cau­se of the crash and the cir­cum­s­tan­ces of the flight. The data recor­ders that were secu­red are likely to shed light on the actu­al crash. It seems that the flight was not legal accord­ing to app­li­ca­ble Nor­we­gi­an legis­la­ti­on. The Nor­we­gi­an flight per­mit issued to the ope­ra­tor covers only flights in direct com­bi­na­ti­on to the ope­ra­ti­ons of the mining com­pa­ny Trust Ark­ti­ku­gol, for examp­le trans­port of com­pa­ny employees bet­ween Lon­gye­ar­by­en and Bar­ents­burg. Com­mer­cial flights and trans­por­ta­ti­on of tou­rists and sci­en­tists are expli­ci­te­ly exclu­ded.

The­re were 3 sci­en­tists on board the heli­co­p­ter when it cras­hed.

The wreck of the Rus­si­an heli­co­p­ter, which cras­hed on Octo­ber 26 clo­se to Bar­ents­burg into Isfjord, on board the ship Maer­sk For­za (pho­to © SHT).

helicopter wreck lifted.

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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