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Daily Archives: 28. July 2018 − News & Stories

Nordfjord – 28 July 2018

We spent the last day in Nordfjord, namely in one of its northern branches called Ekmanfjord. Amazing how the landscapes of Spitsbergen could still surprise and amaze us after a trip that felt like months long. The protruding cliffs of the mountains remind of gothic cathedrals.


Tundra on Blomesletta.

A walk and a long hike, according to choice, took us across a wide-open tundra area with some hills and lakes, where we enjoyed various flowers, birds, the colours of the tundra and all the details that the arctic has to offer.

Blomesletta Rentiergeweih

Reindeer antler in a lake on Blomesletta.

Wahlenbergbreen is a very active glacier and the place that Rolf chose for our farewell to Spitsbergen. We moved silently between many little icebergs and bergy bits with the Zodiacs to enjoy and say goodbye to the Arctic – for this time.


Wahlenbergbreen: glacier and mountains.

A friendly Humpback whale waved us goodbye with the fluke just before we went alongside in Longyearbyen.

Humpback whale Adventfjord

Humpback whale in Adventfjord.

Polar bear attack on Sjuøyane: man injured

A man was injured by a polar bear today (Saturday, 28 July) on Sjuøyane. The man survived with injuries, the bear was shot, as the Sysselmannen informed today.

The polar bear attacked persons who went ashore from the cruise ship MS Bremen. He is said to be a crew member serving as polar bear guard, preparing a tourist landing. He suffered head injuries; no information has yet been released about serious his injuries are. The man was brought to the hospital in Longyearbyen by helicopter.

The incident will be investigated by the Sysselmannen, but first priority is given to provision of medical care to the injured man.

Polar bear attack Svalbard

Polar bear on Phippsøya, a frequently used landing site on Sjuøyane northernmost in Spitsbergen (archive image).


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