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Daily Archives: 3. January 2018 − News & Stories

Reviewing 2017, May: Bear Island – Per­le­por­ten

In May, we star­ted the arc­tic sum­mer sea­son a.k.a. sai­ling sea­son on good old SV Anti­gua. We took off in Bodø in north Nor­way and spent a cou­p­le of lovely days in Lofo­ten and Ves­terå­len, befo­re we ven­tu­red north across the Bar­ents Sea. I have to admit that I did not expect too much from this year’s visit to Bear Island (Bjørnøya), based on the wea­ther fore­cast that we had when we left Trom­sø. But it was so good that we ended up spen­ding two days rather than just one at Bear Island!

After a first lan­ding, we made a record-brea­king Zodiac crui­se of several miles around the south tip of the island. Usual­ly a pret­ty rough place, but friend­ly today and always spec­ta­cu­lar with its immense num­bers of sea­b­irds, towe­ring cliffs, rock stacks and coas­tal caves. We mana­ged amongst others to do the stun­ning pas­sa­ge of Per­le­por­ten, a coas­tal cave that is said to be about 170 metres long – yeah! And on the next day, we even got a sur­pri­se invi­ta­ti­on to visit the wea­ther sta­ti­on 🙂

Bear Island: Perleporten

Coas­tal sce­ne­ry on Bear Island: pas­sa­ge of Per­le­por­ten.

Of cour­se we still had some gre­at days fur­ther north in Spits­ber­gen, but Bear Island is real­ly some­thing spe­cial and it did defi­ni­te­ly not disap­point this time.


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