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Bill­efjord – 02nd June 2019

We were very curious what the day might bring – the­re had been ple­nty of polar bear sightin­gs recent­ly in Bill­efjord. Just yes­ter­day, no less than 3 bears had been obser­ved here! So soon under bre­ak­fast we were under steam again. Just a few miles to the ice edge in inner Bill­efjord.

It did not take much time until we had seen the bears on the fast ice near Nor­dens­kiöld­breen, but far away, too far for good pho­to­gra­phy. One of the bears was eating a seal, the other one was wal­king back and forth in the same area, wai­t­ing for his chan­ce to get a share of the meal. We fol­lo­wed the who­le sce­ne with our bino­cu­lars and secu­red good views with Ingolf’s tele­scope, but it was too far to obtain rea­son­ab­le pho­tos. But the who­le land­s­cape set­ting was stun­ning, with the ice cliff of the gla­cier in the back­ground and the ice edge whe­re some seals were res­ting on ice or play­ing in the water.

Gal­le­ry – Bill­efjord – 02nd June 2019

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Later, we ven­tu­red for our first lan­ding in Skans­buk­ta, whe­re we saw rein­de­er in ama­zing num­bers and we enjoy­ed the sun­ny views of the impres­si­ve sce­ne­ry – well deser­ved after ascen­ding the slo­pe through deep snow.

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 (3): Die Bären­in­sel und Jan May­en”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!



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