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Isøyane & Kapp Borthen – 16 August 2018

Sørkapp turned out to be a piece of cake this time 🙂 hardly any sea worth mentioning. We still went up the west coast a good couple of miles last night, to place us a bit further north, so we can make it up to Isfjord without troubles when the time comes. Soon. As it remained calm, we dropped the anchor late night or, rather, early morning near Isøyane off Torellbreane. Amazing scenery!

Isoyane

Isoyane

All the way back since I started thinking, I wanted to go to Isøyane, and today was the day. A little walk on an island less than one kilometre in diameter, without any real elevations, was exactly the right thing for us today. The near-shore waters are very shallow and rocky, making landing a bit challening, but we found the one and only right spot. What can I say – a wonderful little island! This green, lush tundra gives you an idea of the countless generations of Common eider ducks, geese, Arctic terns, various skuas and other feathered creatures have fertilised the tundra here year after year. The fresh green was a pleasure for the eye, after so many days in the polar desert and glacier environments further east and north! The coastal landscape was stunning, with its many little bays and extensive marine platforms cut by wave action into solid rock.

Isoyane

Isoyane

Kapp Borthen is not far from Isøyane. Another place from which you will usually keep a good distance. Only on a really good day, when the weather is fine and stable and the sea is calm, it is a place where you may land. There is a wide plain between the coast and the mountains, so flat that you could almost land an aeroplane here. And this is exactly what the crew of a German fighter plane did in September 1942 after their plane had been damaged during an attack on a convoi.

Kapp-Borthen

Kapp-Borthen

We are now cruising north towards Isfjord. Calm seas and sunny at times. Soon our track will be a circle.

Kapp-Borthen

Kapp-Borthen
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