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Agardhbuk­ta – 13 August 2018

Agardhbuk­ta on the east coast of Spits­ber­gen, a bit fur­ther south than Lon­gye­ar­by­en, was exact­ly in the right posi­ti­on for us to drop the anchor late night. The atmo­s­phe­re was almost melan­cho­lic, the light approa­ching twi­light, the sun prac­ti­cing sun­sets again, if only behind the moun­tains and not behind the hori­zon. But it is deeply red around mid­ni­ght and reminds us that the sum­mer is not long any­mo­re and darkness will be com­ing.

Agardhbuk­ta

Agardhbukta

Fond memo­ries are com­ing to mind here in Agardhbuk­ta. I have been here a cou­p­le of times in the past, but always over land, never by boat. This bay is lar­ge­ly unchar­ted and does not have a good repu­ta­ti­on amongst sea­men, they used to call it Foul Bay in the past. My first time here was in 1999, 20 years ago! Unbe­liev­a­ble … a long time. That was a hiking tour with my friend Sven. We fol­lo­wed the clas­sic Con­way rou­te, star­ting in Lon­gye­ar­by­en and then fol­lowing the lar­ge inland val­leys for 4 long days. Later I was once again in the area on foot and then several times in the win­ter. That is much fas­ter and cer­tain­ly less exhaus­ting.

Agardhbuk­ta

Agardhbukta

For us this time, Agardhbuk­ta was main­ly an over­night ancho­ra­ge, even after making use of the depth fin­der as much as pos­si­ble and respon­si­ble, the coast was still pret­ty far away. But when tomor­row beca­me today, we sud­den­ly had a bir­th­day child on board and I thought a litt­le, quiet mid­ni­ght walk in the light of the very low mid­ni­ght sun might be a nice bir­th­day pre­sent. Which was inde­ed the case. A silent walk in beau­ti­ful sur­roun­dings, enjoy­ing the lovely atmo­s­phe­re and immer­sing in tre­a­su­red memo­ries.

Heley­sund – 13 August 2018

A dream day in one of the most beau­ti­ful cor­ners of Spits­ber­gen, in the eas­tern­most part of the main island. The­re is this lovely bay in Heley­sund whe­re you can anchor per­fect­ly well even if it is blowing a bit, like last night.

Straum­s­land

Straumsland

Today morning it was calm again, and sun­ny. We pre­pa­red some ther­mos bot­t­les and a bit of food and took off, for a long hike on the tun­dra. Some­ti­mes wet, some­ti­mes dry, some­timey rocky, always rich in details, varied, beau­ti­ful. Gre­at views of Heley­sund and Straum­s­land, Storfjord and Bar­entsøya. Curious rein­de­er and a rare Sabine’s gull. A stun­ning coast­li­ne with huge rock colum­ns, below them green, lush tun­dra with well-deve­lo­ped ice wed­ges. Long rests in the sun, enjoy­ing the views. What else could you ask for?

Straum­s­land

Straumsland

Now we are stea­ming south in Storfjord. The sun is shi­ning, and we have got gre­at views of Bar­entsøya and Spits­ber­gen.

Straum­s­land

Straumsland

Straum­s­land

Straumsland
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