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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
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