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Skje­r­vøy – Orcas and nort­hern lights!

Based on some infor­ma­ti­on of recent sightin­gs and a bit of opti­mism, we had set cour­se nor­the­ast towards the waters around Skje­røya, at 70 degrees north. Usual­ly we don’t get far on this trip! But con­si­de­ring the Orca sightin­gs that had been made by others the­re in recent days, we wan­ted to give it a try.

We were not disap­poin­ted!

Orcas, Skjervøy

Orcas near Skje­r­vøy.

Of cour­se we used the oppor­tu­ni­ty to visit Skje­r­vøy, an small island with a sett­le­ment and har­bour that all bear the same name. This is whe­re Fri­dt­jof Nansen’s Fram final­ly retur­ned to civi­li­sa­ti­on after her famous 3 year drift across the Arc­tic Oce­an (1893-1896). Nan­sen hims­elf, accom­pa­nied by Hja­l­mar Johan­sen, had famous­ly left the ship in 1895 to reach the north pole (which did not work), so they were not on board when the Fram reached Skje­r­vøy. A gre­at bit of polar histo­ry, and this place was part of it. This alo­ne was actual­ly a good rea­son to visit.

Skjervøy

Skje­r­vøy: island, har­bour, sett­le­ment.

As it tur­ned out, the­re are some good hiking oppor­tu­nities on Skje­r­vøya. Cur­r­ent­ly limi­ted as the sun is going down just befo­re 3 p.m., but it was enough for a short walk to get some fine views of the place.

And as if this hadn’t been enough for a good day, we even got some first nort­hern lights later the same evening! Not very strong and the pho­to con­di­ti­ons were not ide­al on the moving ship, but still … nort­hern light is nort­hern light 🙂

Northern light near Skjervøy

Nort­hern light near Skje­r­vøy.

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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