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HomeArctic blog: Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen → Wood­fjord-Sorg­fjord – 11th August 2019

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.

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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