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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.

Blomesletta

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

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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