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Bellsund – 25 July 2018

The swell last night on the way up to Bellsund had not exactly made the
night better, and most of us were quite happy to get into sheltered
waters again in Bellsund in the very early morning hours.

Tomtodden

Tomtodden

We gave the day a relaxed start and made a little walk along the coast
in Recherchefjord, where a Russian expedition had built a station in
1764, almost a little village of 16 houses. None is standing anymore, of
course. Rolf told the stories of this adventure and others such as the
French Recherche-Expedition, whose brave scientists climbed
Observatoriefjellet many times for their work, the cruise ship Monte
Cervantes which managed to reach Recherchefjord after being damaged by
ice in 1928 (she sank in early 1930 close to Ushuaia), the touristic
hopes of Konsul Gjæver, who had left a crooked hut here, and 8 English
whalers who had been left here by accident in 1630. They were found in
the following year in good shape. Lots of stories for such a little
fjord! The oldest bits of history were actually geological traces of an
ice age more than 600 million years ago, which have now come to the
surface again just to be pushed around again by a glacier!

Snatcherpynten

Snatcherpynten

Snatcherpynten

Snatcherpynten

In the afternoon, we dropped a little group of brave hikers off, who
ventured on a crossing from Van Mijenfjord to Van Keulenfjord. We hoped
to see them again tomorrow in good shape and set off to Akseløya to
explore this splendid bit of scenery and geology as the last one of
today’s adventures.

Snatcherpynten

Snatcherpynten

Akseløya

Akseløya
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