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HomeArctic blog: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen → Chermsi­deøya – 08 August 2018

Chermsi­deøya – 08 August 2018

After many hours of sai­ling time, we had reached some of the nort­hern­most islands of Spits­ber­gen. Not the very nort­hern­most one, Sjuøya­ne are still fur­ther north, but the­re is inde­ed a Nord­kapp (North Cape) on this island!

Cherms­i­deoya

Chermsideoya

A litt­le evening hike takes us across the island, over per­fect­ly deve­lo­ped anci­ent beach ter­races, across hills of gla­cier-polis­hed crystal­li­ne base­ment rocks, though a litt­le val­ley. A beau­ti­ful, remo­te, silent and very arc­tic place!

Cherms­i­deoya

Chermsideoya

But unbe­liev­a­ble how much plastic are was­hed up here on the­se beaches. Nobo­dy is ever get­ting here who could clean up. We have to go here with Anti­gua one day …

P.S. Five minu­tes after wri­ting the­se lines, we pul­led a huge fishing net out of the water. The­re was alrea­dy a num­ber of dead birds ent­an­gled in it, Brünich’s and Black guil­lemots. No idea whe­re we are going to store it until Lon­gye­ar­by­en, but the main thing is, it is not floa­ting around in the water any­mo­re!

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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