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Kongsfjord & Krossfjord – 13 July 2018

Our first day out and away from Longyearbyen! Our first stop is Ny-Ålesund in Kongsfjord, a gradual transition from civilisation to wilderness. The village is calm today, goose families are feeding on the tundra between the houses. While we walk around, Alex gives a talk about the past and presence of Ny-Ålesund, I give a talk about Roald Amundsen and all the north pole expeditions through the centuries and as we happen to meet Marten Loonen, leader of the Dutch Arctic Station, we even get the latest news about Barnacle geese, Common eider ducks and their rather unrelaxed relationship to polar bears that look for food on the breeding islands of these birds in Kongsfjord.

Camp Zoë

Camp Zoë

We sail up Krossfjord in the afternoon, land at Camp Zoë, an old Rudi-/Mansfield-hut and do various walks and hikes in the tundra and up the hills. The surrounding mountains are very impressive. We share the tundra with reindeer, ptarmigan and a lonely polar fox and enjoy the view of some white horses on the blue water of Krossfjord.

Tinayrebreen

Tinayrebreen

An evening visit to Tinayrebreen is the icing on the cake on this day, a Friday the 13th. It is Anke’s and Christiane Ritter’s birthday today. Happy birthday!

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