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Woodfjord-Sorgfjord – 11th August 2019

Small islands look from the distance often as if the­re was not­hing to see. But when you have a chan­ce to get clo­se, then they often turn out to be litt­le jewels of arc­tic natu­re. The tun­dra is rich due to fer­ti­liz­a­ti­on by bree­ding birds over thousands of years. Eider ducks, arc­tic terns, grey phalar­o­pes and pur­p­le sand­pi­pers are living here. Waves and cur­r­ents are tur­ning sand and gra­vel into beau­ti­ful pie­ces of art.

Later, we pass the hut near Gråhu­ken, whe­re Chris­tia­ne Rit­ter win­te­red in 1934-35 (Rit­ter Hut). She wro­te the book „A woman in the polar night“ about this adven­ture, which beca­me qui­te famous.

We cross 80 degrees north under sail – twice, actual­ly – befo­re we reach Sorgfjord. The con­trast of the bar­ren polar-desert land­s­cape at Eolus­ne­set to the rich, colour­ful land­s­cape and tun­dra of Woodfjord could hard­ly be more pro­noun­ced.

Gal­le­ry – Woodfjord-Sorgfjord – 11th August 2019

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

Final­ly, we make good use of wind and some die­sel to get across Hin­lo­pen Strait, to Nord­aus­t­land.

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