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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.

last modification: 2018-06-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange