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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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