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Dans­køya – 04th June 2019

We had reached the nor­thwes­tern cor­ner of Spits­ber­gen over night. Here, in the high north, the land was still cove­r­ed with a thick lay­er of snow, so we got the snow shoes out and went for a lovely walk.

On the way to Smee­ren­burg­breen (-gla­cier), we found two wal­ru­ses. One of them was qui­te curious and swam towards the ship. The wild­life encoun­ters that invol­ve the curiou­si­ty of the ani­mals as much as ours are always the best ones!

Final­ly we took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to revi­ve an old and almost for­got­ten tra­di­ti­on. We went to the „post­box“ in Kob­befjord on Dans­køya, a cairn whe­re nor­th­go­ing ships used to lea­ve mail. This was often their last oppor­tu­ni­ty for weeks or even mon­ths to make con­ta­ct with the out­side world! South­bound ships went and took the mail with them if the oppor­tu­ni­ty occu­red and deli­ve­r­ed the let­ters to a post office in Nor­way. Let’s see when our post­cards arri­ve at their desti­na­ti­on …?

Gal­le­ry – Dans­køya – 04th June 2019

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

Some har­bour seals have alrea­dy occu­p­ied their sum­mer posi­ti­on on rocks on shal­low waters just off the shore.

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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