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HomeArctic blog: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen → Isøya­ne & Kapp Bort­hen – 16 August 2018

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

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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