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Storfjord-Sør­kap­pøya – 18th August 2019

Today we are hea­ding across Storfjord to the south cape and the west coast. The wea­ther should be ide­al, accord­ing for the fore­cast. And it was ide­al. It does not get any bet­ter. Sun and flatcalm water. The skip­per can relax (see pho­to). Fin wha­les show­ed up a cou­p­le of times.

The south cape (Sør­kapp), usual­ly good for many miles in rough waters around the shal­low and dan­ge­rous coast­li­nes, opens a door for us today. The wea­ther is so good that we can dare to go ashore on Sør­kap­pøya. This island („South cape island“) is the sou­thern­most part of Spits­ber­gen (save for Bear Island/Bjørnøya, far to the south in the Bar­ents Sea).

Sør­kap­pøya loo­ks like a flat and boring island from the distance, but it isn’t when you get clo­ser. The struc­tures are ama­zing. Geo­metri­cal pat­terns of rai­sed beach rid­ges, many lagoons, walls of stee­ply dipping, hard lay­ers of sedi­ments full of fos­sils. The low sun cas­ts red evening light over the who­le beau­ty of this exci­ting place, it almost tou­ches the hori­zon – actual­ly, the first sun­set after the mid­ni­ght sun peri­od will hap­pen here tomor­row (and a cou­p­le of days later in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, fur­ther north).

Gal­le­ry – Storfjord-Sør­kap­pøya – 18th August 2019

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

Late at night, skip­per Peter impres­ses ever­y­bo­dy as he takes Arc­ti­ca II safe­ly through Mesund, a nar­row and shal­low pas­sa­ge north of Sør­kap­pøya. That saves us many miles and it gives us a stun­ning pas­sa­ge bet­ween many small islands and rocks, while the red sun is tou­ch­ing the moun­tains of Sør­kapp Land.

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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