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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.



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.



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.

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 (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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