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The pas­sa­ge during the night from Horn­sund up to Bellsund could have been a bit smoot­her, but it was all for­got­ten when we were gree­ted by some very curious rein­de­er in Bellsund, with a gla­cier in the back­ground! So we did later, stan­ding on a litt­le hill, enjoy­ing an ama­zing view over the fast ice in Van Mijen­fjord.

Svalbard Reindeer, Bellsund

Sval­bard Rein­de­er are smal­ler than their rela­ti­ves on the main­land.

Later we saw some wal­rus­ses, also with a gre­at sce­nic back­drop. Bellsund is one of Spitsbergen’s most beau­ti­ful pla­ces. It is easy to get lost here, mental­ly!


View over Bellsund

And now the­re are some kilos of plastic less on the beaches in Bellsund. We also remo­ved a fishing net. The­re was a smal­ler pie­ce of fishing net whe­re 2 rein­de­er had got ent­an­gled. At least one of them had died with the net in the ant­lers. The other one may have escaped. Awful! This who­le plastic issue will stay with us for a long time, I am afraid. The­re is still a loo­ooot of work to do. Most of it far south of Spits­ber­gen, by the way.

Other than that: ano­t­her beau­ti­ful day in the Arc­tic!


Remains of fishing nets and other plastic was­te have often tra­vel­led thousands of miles befo­re they end up on Spits­ber­gen.

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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last modification: 2018-05-28 · copyright: Rolf Stange