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Northwest Spitsbergen – 08 August 2019

After the calm northwards passage to the north, interrupted by a late evening visit to a bird cliff on the west coast, we had a calm night at anchor in Magdalenefjord (here a small PanoTour). This stunningly beautiful fjord is a top tourist destination in Spitsbergen – remember, cruise ships started to visit this area regularly as early as in the late 19th century – but today, we happened to be the only boat in the area. So we made good use of the opportunity, enjoyed a sunny walk at Gravneset and a visit to the glacier, Waggonwaybreen.

As there was no wind and the sea completely calm, later we went for a rare visit of Hamburgbukta. Centuries ago, whalers from Hamburg followed their trade here; some of them never left, there is still a couple of graves here and there, covered by colourful carpets of lichens and mosses. A beautiful, silent and peaceful place.

Gallery – Northwest Spitsbergen – 08 August 2019

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Some hours and glaciers later, we have reached a well-sheltered anchored in a scenic small bay in northwestern Spitsbergen. Another day gone – time is flying here!

last modification: 2019-08-09 · copyright: Rolf Stange