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Hin­lo­pen – 20 July 2018

We have reached the beau­ti­ful Hin­lo­pen Strait! Last night we pas­sed the long ice cliffs of Aus­t­fon­na and Brås­vell­breen, unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly hid­den in the fog, but the­re were a lot of ice­bergs.

Ard­ne­set

Ardneset

We paid a visit to a wal­rus colo­ny. The num­ber of ani­mals pre­sent was not actual­ly impres­si­ve, but to our sur­pri­se, it did not mat­ter too much; the two wal­rus­ses were rela­xed and some of their friends came along for a visit. They had a good time and so did we.

Ard­ne­set

Ardneset

In the after­noon, a small team of bra­ve expe­di­tio­ners was rea­dy to start an over­night hike with tents and ever­ything across Sca­nia­hal­vøya, aiming at a calm camp some­whe­re in a wide val­ley bet­ween the ice caps. Unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, a yel­low dot far away in the tun­dra tur­ned out to be a slee­ping polar bear, so we had to can­cel this adven­ture and the hikers joi­ned the various after­noon walks in Augus­t­abuk­ta. We explo­red the wide coas­tal plain which had a sur­pri­sin­gly rich diver­si­ty of flowers in same pla­ces and a lot of fos­sils in others. A litt­le herd of rein­de­er tur­ned out to be pret­ty curious. Later, the wind cal­med down and the sun came out and we had beau­ti­ful evening light on the wide gla­ciers and ice caps near­by befo­re we moved into some fog banks.

Augus­abuk­ta

Augustabukta

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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