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One night’s sai­ling had taken us far into the inner bran­ches of Isfjord and we woke up to a fan­tastic pan­ora­ma in Bill­efjord. Mir­ror images on the water and dozens of seals lying on the ice! No lan­ding to start with, as the bay was still fro­zen and the shores blo­cked by ice, but we tho­rough­ly enjoy­ed.


Sce­ne­ry in Bill­efjord.

It was loci­gal to con­ti­nue just around the cor­ner to the migh­ty Nor­dens­kiöld­breen. One of Isfjord’s big­gest gla­ciers and more or less our last chan­ce for a polar bear sigh­t­ing.

Nordenskiöldbreen, Billefjord

Sce­ne­ry in Bill­efjord, Nor­dens­kiöld­breen.

Stun­ning sce­ne­ry and a lovely encoun­ter with a Bear­ded seal, but no polar bear …

Bearded seal, Nordenskiöldbreen

Bear­ded seal at Nor­dens­kiöld­breen.

Then it was time for a lan­ding. Cho­sing a beau­ti­ful spot in Bill­efjord not far from Nor­dens­kiöld­breen, I went back to old “hun­ting grounds” (not liter­al­ly) which brought back many fond memo­ries. That was just me per­so­nal­ly, but ever­y­bo­dy enjoy­ed the walk, the sce­ne­ry and the silence.

Landing at Brucebyen

Lan­ding near Bruce­by­en. Always the­se ter­ri­b­ly long Zodiac rides from ship to shore! 😉

Bruce­by­en was the site whe­re a Scot­tish com­pa­ny inves­ti­ga­ted coal occur­ren­ces around 1920. A short-lived adven­ture.



Then, final­ly … we were almost on the way out of Bill­efjord, then we got our polar bear! Distant, yes, thus cer­tain­ly not allowing for world-class pho­to­gra­phy. But it was our polar bear! Clear­ly visi­ble with bino­cu­lars, it brought a smi­le on ever­y­bo­dies face.

Polar bear, Nordenskiöldbreen

Polar bear at Nor­dens­kiöld­breen, if you can see it. It was a bit distant, but it was our polar bear, and it was real! 🙂

So it was a hap­py ship that set cour­se for Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the late after­noon.

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 (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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