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HomeArctic blog: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen → Lief­defjord & Woodfjord – 17 Sep­tem­ber 2018

Lief­defjord & Woodfjord – 17 Sep­tem­ber 2018

The wea­ther is almost sca­ry. Blue sky, cold, clear air.

The fur­ther we sail into Lief­defjord, the more ice is drif­ting on the water. We crui­se slow­ly bet­ween the smal­ler ber­gy bits and lar­ger ice­bergs.

Liefdefjord

The moun­tains and gla­ciers are shi­ning in the sun. The land­s­cape is cul­mi­na­ting near Mona­co­breen and Seli­ger­breen, the lar­ge gla­ciers in Lief­defjord. A sym­pho­ny of gla­ciers and water, blue ice and blue sky, strong colours and sharp mir­ror images.

Gletscher im Liefdefjord

In the Lief­defjord the lar­ge gla­ciers Mona­co­breen and Seli­ger­breen impress.

Later, we find a wal­rus cow with her calf on an ice floe, and then a bear­ded seal.

In Woodfjord, we find a polar bear fami­ly, so we spend the after­noon with wild­life watching rather than tun­dra hiking. A mother with two first year cubs, all of them well-fed and in good shape. Lovely to see.

Polar bear family, Kapp Auguste Viktoria

Well fed: Polar bear fami­ly, Kapp Augus­te Vik­to­ria

They fol­low the coast­li­ne as polar bears fre­quent­ly do, swim a bit in the fjord and then back to the shore, while the sun is cas­ting red light on the red land­s­cape. An incredi­ble pic­tu­re.

Kapp Auguste Viktoria

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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