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Isfjord – 20/21 Sep­tem­ber 2021

Luck­i­ly, we had the hea­vy seas and swell of the open west coast now behind us, but wind and rain fol­lo­wed us into Isfjord. After a good look at Bar­ents­burg in day­light, we had a very grey and wet after­noon in Borebuk­ta.

The next day was much bet­ter, and the clouds around Gips­huks­let­ta added some lovely effects to the moun­tains.

Bill­efjord loo­ked pret­ty fog­gy, so we opted for Tem­pel­fjord ins­tead whe­re we had clear visi­bi­li­ty and fine views of the stun­ning sce­ne­ry to round the day and hence the trip off.

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So now this year’s sea­son “Spits­ber­gen under sail” of our litt­le com­pa­ny Geo­gra­phi­schen Rei­se­ge­sell­schaft is now histo­ry. The sum­mer was shor­ter than we had ori­gi­nal­ly been hoping for, but we were amongst the few hap­py peop­le who got to sail up here this year at all!

A big thanks to ever­y­bo­dy who con­tri­bu­t­ed to a gre­at third and final sai­ling voya­ge for us this arc­tic sum­mer: Cap­tain Mario and his crew, Fran­ka and Ire­ne and all of you on board who made this voya­ge and the who­le sum­mer so enjoya­ble!

For­landsund – 19th Sep­tem­ber 2021

The pas­sa­ge from Kongsfjord to Isfjord was, well, a moving expe­ri­ence. It does not hap­pen every day that we start a pas­sa­ge and return becau­se we just can’t advan­ce against wind and waves.

A day later it was much bet­ter. Still some qui­te hea­vy well in outer Isfjord, but soon we were along­side in Bar­ents­burg. And not much later in the bar, enjoy­ing a beer.

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Kongsfjord – 18th Sep­tem­ber 2021

Last night we went along­side in Ny-Åle­sund, Spitsbergen’s nort­hern­most sett­le­ment. Loo­king at the wea­ther fore­cast, we thought: now or never, some­thing that tur­ned out to be qui­te true. In the morning, we went out to have a look at the place.

The wind picked up con­si­der­ab­ly towards the after­noon, and it beca­me qui­te clear that we wouldn’t make any fur­ther lan­dings today any­mo­re, so we went for a ship crui­se in Krossfjord. Any visit out­side on deck pro­vi­ded us with any volu­me of very fresh air that you could desi­re in no time.

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Krossfjord – 17th Sep­tem­ber 2021

The night was less rough than expec­ted and we arri­ved just on time in Krossfjord to enjoy the sce­ne­ry and wild­life in Signe­ham­na with some walks and good hikes.

Then we went on and con­ti­nued into the nor­the­as­tern branch of Krossfjord. Stun­ning sce­ne­ry with jag­ged moun­tains and many gla­ciers, which are now rapidly shrin­king but still beau­ti­ful. A polar bear was res­ting on one of the slo­pes, far away.

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We went ashore to visit Lloyd’s Hotel, which has been the­re for about a cen­tu­ry, showing that crui­se tou­rism in the Arc­tic is not a very recent inven­ti­on.

Raudfjord – 16th Sep­tem­ber 2021

Wea­ther-wise we are now back to the Arc­tic as we know it – over­cast, cold wind, some rain­drops. Fresh and clear. Good.

We made use of the oppor­tu­ni­ty to go for a hike in inner Raudfjord, to enjoy the beau­ti­ful sce­ne­ry and stretch our legs a litt­le bit.

Later, we went out again to visit the gla­ciers in Hamil­ton­buk­ta. Now we have set cour­se for the west coast.

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Chermsi­deøya – 15th Sep­tem­ber 2021

And yet ano­t­her beau­ti­ful day in the far north, with blue sky and sun. Almost sca­ry! (Edi­tor: this is not going to last through the who­le trip).

We enjoy­ed the fine wea­ther and the grand pan­or­amic view from Chermsi­deøya.

Later we cros­sed north of Hin­lo­pen to the west under sail, which was a mari­ti­me expe­ri­ence with some cha­rac­ter for dedi­ca­ted land peop­le.

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Nord­aus­t­land – 14th Sep­tem­ber 2021

And again an arc­tic dream day, with blue sky, sun and a very calm sea. The wea­ther remai­ned on our side (this may well chan­ge later during this trip). The wide, gla­cier-cove­r­ed land­s­capes of Nord­aus­t­land ever­y­whe­re around us.

Just all tho­se polar bears which had been roa­ming on this litt­le island, they had all left! 🙁

But we found some wal­ru­ses on Phipp­søya, whe­re we also made a short lan­ding, on one of Spitsbergen’s nort­hern­most islands.

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Woodfjord – 13th Sep­tem­ber 2021

And yet ano­t­her pic­tu­re-book kind of day. The snow-cove­r­ed land­s­cape near Mus­ham­na in Woodfjord was glit­te­ring in the sun. Time is fly­ing alt­hough you want it to stand still on a day like this.

In the after­noon, we mana­ged a lan­ding on the expo­sed shore of Gråhu­ken with ease and visi­ted the famous hut whe­re Chris­tia­ne Rit­ter win­te­red back then („A woman in the polar night“).

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Raudfjord & Woodfjord – 12th Sep­tem­ber 2021

A pic­tu­re-book level kind of day. Wea­ther, light, sce­ne­ry – just stun­ning. We did some walks and hikes in Raudfjord, aiming at lower and hig­her ele­va­tions, respec­tively.

Then we finis­hed the day in Woodfjord, in a beau­ti­ful and very arc­tic way.

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Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 11th Sep­tem­ber 2021

Fol­lowing the wind and the nose – that’s what brought us to Smee­ren­burg­breen in the morning, the only place in the area with clear visi­bi­li­ty.

Smee­ren­burg tur­ned out to be a bit chal­len­ging, the usu­al lan­ding area being occu­p­ied by wal­ru­ses. Fur­ther west, it is shal­low and rocky. But not impos­si­ble to find a spot that works.

Snow in the land­s­cape, snow in the air. Wel­co­me to the Arc­tic. Light and wea­ther were chan­ging by the minu­te from clear views to dark grey walls.

Also later in Sal­ly­ham­na quick­ly chan­ging light con­di­ti­ons, with snow down to sea level. How dif­fe­rent com­pa­red to the sun­ny west coast yes­ter­day!

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For­landsund – 10th Sep­tem­ber 2021

We spent the first day in For­landsund. How often do you get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to visit a working trap­per sta­ti­on? And the wea­ther couldn’t have been bet­ter!

Fur­ther north, three polar bears were roa­ming over the tun­dra. The first ones for us on this trip, on the first full day!

Later, we made use of the good wea­ther and made a lan­ding on Her­man­senøya. Beau­ti­ful colours, struc­tures and sce­ne­ry ever­y­whe­re around.

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Isfjord – 09th Sep­tem­ber 2021

Here we go – the first Spits­ber­gen voya­ge of the „Geo­gra­phi­sche Rei­se­ge­sell­schaft“ with SV Anti­gua in two years! And we left Lon­gye­ar­by­en big style, under sail. That’s how we like it!
 

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Isfjord – 06/07 Sep­tem­ber 2021

After a bum­py ride down For­landsund and into Isfjord, the wind blew us into Grønfjord and to Bar­ents­burg, which was not bad after all.

We roun­ded the trip off with a day in Bill­efjord, with a good walk on Gips­huks­let­ta and an ama­zing after­noon at Nor­dens­kiöld­breen. What a fan­tastic day!

Here you can see why:

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Kongsfjord – 04th/05th Sep­tem­ber 2021

Kongsfjord – 04th/05th Sep­tem­ber 2021 − It was time to get back to the west coast, as the­re was qui­te a bit of wind and wea­ther on the way. But first we could enjoy a good day in Kongsfjord, from Blom­strand­hal­vøya with its beau­ties both abo­ve and under ground, the migh­ty gla­ciers and one of the lovely islands of Lové­nøya­ne.

Ny-Åle­sund was to fol­low next morning. In the after­noon we were hap­py just to stay along­side the pier while some pret­ty strong winds were whist­ling in the rig­ging.

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Raudfjord – 03rd Sep­tem­ber 2021

A won­der­ful day on Spitsbergen’s north coast, with class 1 wea­ther, calm and lar­ge­ly sun­ny 🙂 we star­ted with a lovely litt­le walk in Ves­le Raudfjord and later came a lot of ice, sce­ne­ry, wea­ther and wild­life in Raudfjord (not Ves­le).

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