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Sun in Bar­ents­burg and sand storm in Advent­fjord – 20 Sep­tem­ber 2018

Yet ano­t­her beau­ti­ful, sun­ny day! We just keep enjoy­ing. More about „calm“ later.

Some of us have a bit of a slow start into the day, but after bre­ak­fast we take off to explo­re Bar­ents­burg. With some minor adjus­t­ments of the rou­te, we even mana­ge to spend almost the who­le morning in sunshi­ne! A very inte­res­ting visit and a strong visu­al con­trast to our arc­tic expe­ri­en­ces so far.

Barentsburg

Michel­le van Dijk in Bar­ents­burg, sharing her know­ledge of the Dut­ch histo­ry of the place.

Barentsburg

Lovely day in Bar­ents­burg.

Barentsburg

Lenin some 12 hours later and in dif­fe­rent light (com­pa­re to yesterday’s blog).

Later we set cour­se across Isfjord to say good­bye and fare­well to Spitsbergen’s beau­ti­ful natu­re in Ymer­buk­ta, but things are chan­ging and so are our plans. The wind is picking up, the next days are sup­po­sed to bring pret­ty stor­my wea­ther and we get a first tas­te of it today. Not­hing serious so far, but the­re is a risk that we may not be able to go along­side in Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the evening if we get the­re too late so we chan­ge cour­se or Advent­fjor­den. Well, we have enjoy­ed so much of Spitsbergen’s beau­ty in the last cou­p­le of days that we can real­ly relax and look for­ward to civi­li­sa­ti­on.

Con­ti­nued later – inde­ed, the wind had picked up con­si­der­ab­ly as we sai­led into Advent­fjord and going along­side was a chal­len­ge. We were all hap­py once the last mile was real­ly done!

Adventjord: dust storm

Sai­ling into a dust storm while ent­e­ring Advent­fjord.

Adventjord: dust storm

Dust storm over Advent­fjord.

A stun­nin­gly beau­ti­ful voya­ge is com­ing to an end – unf­or­gett­able! Big thanks to ever­y­bo­dy here, Cap­tain Kevin and his crew on board SV Anti­gua, my col­leagues Michel­le van Dijk and Alex­an­der Lembke and of cour­se all our fel­low polar tra­vel­lers who con­tri­bu­t­ed to the good expe­ri­ence and spi­rits on board and on the tun­dra!

Crew of SV Antigua in Longyearbyen

Crew of SV Anti­gua in Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

For­landsund: Her­man­senøya & Daud­mann­søy­ra – 19 Sep­tem­ber 2018

Yet ano­t­her beau­ti­ful, calm, sun­ny day! One can only won­der and enjoy.

The litt­le island of Her­man­senøya is lying in the midd­le of For­landsund. Whe­re­ver the eye wan­ders the­re is beau­ty, both far away, such as the moun­tains and gla­ciers of Spits­ber­gen and Prins Karls For­land, and clo­ser, from the rug­ged coas­tal rocks to the litt­le mira­cles that frost and ice crea­te in the tun­dra.

Hermansenøya: details in ice

Icy sce­nic details on Her­man­senøya (I).

Hermansenøya

Klei­ne, fei­ne Din­ge im Eis auf der Her­man­senøya (II).

Hermansenøya: details in ice

Icy sce­nic details on Her­man­senøya (III).

Hermansenøya: details in ice

More icy sce­nic details on Her­man­senøya: Flech­ten.

Hermansenøya: Tufted saxifrage

Even more sce­nic details on Her­man­senøya: last flowers of the Tuf­ted saxif­ra­ge in snow and ice.

In the after­noon we con­ti­nued sou­thwards along the west coast of Spits­ber­gen. One of the most beau­ti­ful bits of land­s­cape if you ask me! It’s not so much the post­card beau­ty, like ice­bergs and gla­ciers, that many asso­cia­te with the Arc­tic, it’s more sub­t­le. A wide plain with a very rocky, immen­se­ly beau­ti­ful coast­li­ne and very rich tun­dra with ple­nty of rein­de­er. What a beau­ti­ful part of the pla­net! And we are lucky to be able to spend some time here, this area is pret­ty expo­sed.

Steinpynten, Daudmannsøyra

Hid­den bay in sou­thern For­landsund.

Steinpynten, Daudmannsøyra

Wide tun­dra plain on Spitsbergen’s west coast (Daud­mann­søy­ra).

Steinpynten, Daudmannsøyra

Coas­tal land­s­cape in sou­thern For­landsund.

Reindeer, Steinpynten, Daudmannsøyra

Rein­de­er eating ice.

Antigua, Steinpynten, Daudmannsøyra

SV Anti­gua near the rocky coast in For­landsund.

We went along­side in Bar­ents­burg later in the evening. Rumours went later that it was a bit of a late night for some.

Lenin, Barentsburg

Lenin in evening light in Bar­ents­burg. It is nice that dark nights are com­ing back now!

Brauerei, Barentsburg

Spitsbergen’s coo­lest bar: the second-nort­hern­most bre­we­ry in the world in Bar­ents­burg.

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