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Isfjord: Alkhornet, Barentsburg

It is really fully winter still here in Isfjord. Snow, snow, snow. Add to that some sun, the sound of a birdcliff in the background and a wide panorama of fjord and coast, mountains and glaciers, reindeer and geese on the first bits of open tundra. Does it get more beautiful than this? Hardly.

Schnee, Trygghamna

Late winter in Trygghamna.

Harbour seal

Harbour seal.

Snow buntings, Alkhornet

Snow buntings at Alkhornet.


Some golden moments at Alkhornet.

We also made a visit to the Ymerbukta swimming club. Always nice to meet the locals 🙂


Ymerbukta swimming club.

Many will probably agree that Barentsburg is not more beautiful, not in a classical sense. But different. Very different! It is historical and political. We did have a close look at all of this. If you have missed this, than you have not fully understood what Spitsbergen is all about today. Lenin would agree.

Lenin in Barentsburg

Lenin in Barentsburg.

Looking back at the last couple of days, we had plenty of good reasons to raise the glasses to a wonderful trip. So we did in the evening. A skål to Captain Mario and chef Piet! And of course to the whole crew, but captain and chef are key positions as everybody knows who has travelled on a ship. A word for all of you who have travelled on Antigua in recent years and who are curious how things are going here now: of course I was also curious how it would be after our former Captain Joachim and chef Sascha had set course for new adventures. Big shoes to fill, as all of our fellow travellers will confirm. So I am more than happy to tell you know that I am looking forward to many more trips to come with Antigua! We have had a great journey now (and still not finished yet)!


Thumbs up for the Antigua-chef Piet!

last modification: 2018-05-31 · copyright: Rolf Stange