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St. Jonsfjord – Isfjord … and: end of sea­son

Stor­my times! What a luck that we have got wea­ther­for­casts the­se days, which are not always as good as one might wish but nevertheless give us a clue when trou­ble is on its way so we can usual­ly find our way around it, pro­vi­ded we have got enough time. So for now, we spent a rather grey, but nevertheless very inte­res­ting and good morning in St. Jonsfjord. Then we sai­led down For­landsund and into Isfjord, which was a bit of a bum­py road, but wit­hin rea­son (some of tho­se less acquain­ted to wind, seas and small ships may have a dif­fe­rent view on this, though).

We spent our last full day all the way in Isfjord, name­ly in Bill­efjord. Which was also pret­ty win­dy, but that didn’t keep us from spen­ding a beau­ti­ful day the­re befo­re it was time to set cour­se for Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

Whe­re this voya­ge came to its end. A beau­ti­ful voya­ge, full of inte­res­ting and exci­ting expe­ri­en­ces in the arc­tic autumn, if some­thing such as this actual­ly exists (it is, actual­ly, a rather short tran­si­ti­on from sum­mer to win­ter). We did and saw so much, the­re were so many high­lights, such as the sun­ny day in Lomfjord or the lan­ding on Mof­fen with the curious wal­ru­ses, to men­ti­on just two out of many.

A huge thanks to ever­y­bo­dy who has con­tri­bu­t­ed to all this, to ever­ything that we could see and do in safe­ty and good spi­rits! All of you who joi­ned us for the­se exci­ting days, my good fel­low col­leagues Dani­el, Ire­ne and Mar­ty­na and of cour­se Cap­tain Jona­than and his good crew! You were fan­tastic, and I am loo­king for­ward to future trips with all of you!

This is, as far as I am con­cer­ned, the end of the arc­tic sai­ling sea­son 2022. A long seri­es of very good, ama­zing, inten­se voya­ges on various small and very small sai­ling ships, from Mean­der to Anti­gua and Arc­ti­ca II and back again. I am thank­ful for every sin­gle day of it!

Gal­le­ry – St. Jonsfjord to Isfjord – 19th – 22th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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For­landsund – St. Jonsfjord – 19th Sep­tem­ber 2022

We had reached For­landsund just in time befo­re things beca­me deci­ded­ly unplea­sant at sea. We were gree­ted by white-bea­ked dol­phins and the migh­ty Dah­l­breen.

It star­ted to blow also in St. Jonsfjord, but we mana­ged to do a lovely after­noon hike with a stun­ning view on the sur­roun­ding gla­ciers.

Gal­le­ry – For­landsund – St. Jonsfjord – 19th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Lief­defjord – 18th Sep­tem­ber 2022

Horn­bæk­pol­len is one of Spitsbergen’s most beau­ti­ful ancho­ra­ges, espe­cial­ly when the day starts with sun­light on the sur­roun­ding moun­tain tops.

The migh­ty Mona­co­breen pre­sen­ted its­elf from its most friend­ly side today, with unbe­liev­a­b­ly beau­ti­ful light and an ama­zing amount of gla­cier ice drif­ting in the fjord. It is hard­ly pos­si­ble to for­get the beau­ti­ful hours that we spent the­re.

Then it was time to move on. The next autumn storm was on the way.

Gal­le­ry – Lief­defjord – 18th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Mof­fen – Gråhu­ken – 17th Sep­tem­ber 2022

The wea­ther fore­cast pro­mi­sed calm con­di­ti­ons, so we aimed for Mof­fen and could make a lan­ding on this famous island in the morning with ease. The wal­ru­ses the­re were qui­te appar­ent­ly not used to visi­tors and wel­co­med us with obvious enthu­si­asm.

The calm wea­ther las­ted through the day, so later we could make a visit at the famous „Rit­ter hut“ at Gråhu­ken.

Gal­le­ry – Mof­fen – Gråhu­ken – 17th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Lomfjord – 16th Sep­tem­ber 2022

Ano­t­her day in Hin­lo­pen, today in the beau­ti­ful Lomfjord (Pano), which pre­sen­ted its­elf in win­ter mode. A gre­at hike on a litt­le moun­tain, with ama­zing views of the grand sce­ne­ry around us. With rein­de­er and ptar­mi­gans.

And … a polar bear fami­ly! Later, at ano­t­her place in the fjord. A beau­ti­ful, peace­ful obser­va­ti­on, a bit distant, but good views with bino­cu­lars.

Gal­le­ry – Lomfjord – 16th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Murchi­son­fjord – 15th Sep­tem­ber 2022

The wea­ther stay­ed on our side, so we could make a move far to the east and into Hin­lo­pen Strait, whe­re we spent the day in Murchi­son­fjord. With some good hiking in Kinn­vi­ka and a litt­le pil­grimage on Kros­søya, whe­re one of only two ori­gi­nal Pomor cros­ses is still stan­ding.
 
 

Gal­le­ry – Murchi­son­fjord – 15th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 14th Sep­tem­ber 2022

The wind had decre­a­sed last night, so we could make the pas­sa­ge up north to the nor­thwest cor­ner of Spits­ber­gen. And then, the wea­ther show­ed its friend­ly side. A lot of north pole histo­ry in Virgo­ham­na. Wal­ru­ses, wha­ling histo­ry, and gre­at sce­ne­ry on Ams­ter­damøya. A lot of snow.

The migh­ty Fuglefjord roun­ded the day off for us.

Gal­le­ry – Nor­thwest Spits­ber­gen – 14th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Kongsfjord & Krossfjord – 13th Sep­tem­ber 2022

We were qui­te curious what the day would bring – a hea­vy autumn storm that we would have to sit out on board, ancho­red some­whe­re shel­te­red? No, it actual­ly tur­ned out to be beau­ti­ful, with a lovely hike on Blom­strand­hal­vøya, to the old marb­le mine of Ny London/Marble Island.

It was actual­ly still qui­te win­dy in Krossfjord, but in Tinay­re­buk­ta we found not only shel­ter, but also ama­zing sce­ne­ry and fan­tastic evening light.

Kongsfjord & Krossfjord – 13th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Kongsfjord – 12th Sep­tem­ber 2022

With a litt­le autumn storm around the cor­ner, it was good to get into Kongsfjord whe­re we could enjoy a plea­sant morning in Ny-Åle­sund. In the after­noon, we went out on Ger­døya, one of the small islands in Kongsfjord, all of which are litt­le pearls of natu­re (see Jutt­ahol­men, Sig­rid­hol­men and Obser­vasjons­hol­men); initi­al­ly it see­med like ever­ything would soon disap­pe­ar in fog and snow, but it clea­red up again and it got actual­ly very beau­ti­ful.

Gal­le­ry – Kongsfjord – 12th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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For­landsund – 11th Sep­tem­ber 2022

After an evening visit to Borebuk­ta, we said good­bye to Isfjord and to civi­li­sa­ti­on for a while.

In the morning, we reached Prins Karls For­land just in time for some lovely and very atmo­s­phe­ric hikes. The after­noon saw us in Engelskbuk­ta.

The wea­ther is now in autumn mode. Grey rather than gold, and the­re is qui­te a bit of wind in the area.

Gal­le­ry – For­landsund – 11th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Isfjord – 10th Sep­tem­ber 2022

And again we set sail, hea­ding for ano­t­her Spits­ber­gen adven­ture! This time, we are back to good old Anti­gua, star­ting this season’s last trip (for me, not for Anti­gua). 13 days in the arc­tic autumn, when sun­ri­ses and sun­sets start to cast that beau­ti­ful light again over the islands.

Well, on the first evening, what the autumn wea­ther gave us hap­pen­ed to be a very dark and uni­form grey. Which was blown away the next day in Ekmanfjord. Per­fect wea­ther to set some sails! On we went to Dick­son Land, whe­re we found good shel­ter and made a lan­ding at Svens­ke­hu­set. Beau­ti­ful land­s­cape, lush tun­dra, many rein­de­er and the dra­ma­tic sto­ries that are con­nec­ted to Svens­ke­hu­set (about which you can find a who­le page wit­hin this web­site; click here).

Gal­le­ry – Isfjord – 10th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Kongsfjord – Isfjord – 06th-07th Sep­tem­ber 2022

Back in civi­li­sa­ti­on – well, in a wider sen­se. Ny-Åle­sund. Fol­lo­wed by some good hikes on Blom­strand­hal­vøya, with the caves, views and Ny London/Marble Island.

And then, back to Isfjord. Which had very grey wea­ther. We had almost for­got­ten that the wea­ther isn’t always just good up here … so we roun­ded this trip off in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, which was a good thing. It was, by the way, the first time that SV Mean­der went all the way around Spits­ber­gen. Defi­ni­te­ly not the last time!

And it was gre­at! Big thanks to all who have been part of this. First of all to cap­tain Mario and his good crew and ship, the SV Mean­der. I am alrea­dy loo­king for­ward to the next time!

Gal­le­ry – Kongsfjord – Isfjord – 06th-07th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Nor­thwest-Spits­ber­gen – 05th Sep­tem­ber 2022

In Raudfjord, we had good con­di­ti­ons for a lovely moun­tain hike, enjoy­ing sple­ndid views of this grand sce­ne­ry.

In Fuglefjord, we enjoy­ed the land­s­cape that gave Spits­ber­gen its name. Big time.

Gal­le­ry – Nor­thwest-Spits­ber­gen – 05th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Stor­stein­hal­vøya – 04th Sep­tem­ber 2022

We could spend one more morning on Nord­aus­t­land befo­re it was time to say good­bye to this fasci­na­ting island for this time. We made a long hike on Stor­stein­hal­vøya and then it was time to set cour­se to the west.

Gale­ry – Stor­stein­hal­vøya – 04th Sep­tem­ber 2022

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Nord­aus­t­land – 03rd Sep­tem­ber 2022

Nord­aus­t­land is such a fasci­na­ting island. It is always exci­ting to spend time the­re. We explo­red Bra­ge­ne­set, which is now actual­ly an island, in parts a huge morai­ne land­s­cape and with gre­at views of the ice cap Ves­t­fon­na.

Later we saw a fema­le polar bear nur­sing her cub. How often do you get to see that?

On Nord­re Rus­seøya in Murchi­son­fjord, we made a litt­le pil­grimage to one of only two ori­gi­nal Pomor cros­ses that are still stan­ding. And even the sun came out again.

Gal­le­ry – Nord­aus­t­land – 03rd Sep­tem­ber 2022

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