fb  Spitsbergen Panoramas - 360-degree panoramas  de  en  nb  Spitsbergen Shop  
Home → May, 2022

Monthly Archives: May 2022 − News & Stories


Again, the snow-cove­r­ed arc­tic land­s­cape was glit­te­ring in the sun around us as we awo­ke to ano­t­her day in Isfjord. Stun­ning beau­ty ever­y­whe­re around us.



Rein­de­er are roa­ming in lar­ge num­bers over the snow-cove­r­ed tun­dra. They are loo­king for­ward for the snow to disap­pe­ar soon.

Reindeer, Erdmannodden

Rein­de­er at Erd­mannod­den.

In the after­noon, a strong visu­al con­trast and a bit of regio­nal histo­ry fol­lo­wed in shape of the aban­do­ned Rus­si­an sett­le­ment in Cole­s­buk­ta, which belon­ged to the coal mine of Grum­ant­by­en. (Click here for some back­ground infor­ma­ti­on about Rus­si­an coal mining in Spits­ber­gen.)



Pho­to gal­le­ry Isfjord

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


We star­ted the day in Van Mijen­fjord, again with bril­li­ant sunshi­ne. Lar­ge parts of the fjord are still fro­zen solid, and we spent qui­te some time mar­vel­ling at the ice edge.

Meander, Eiskante, Van Mijenfjord

SV Mean­der at the ice edge in Van Mijen­fjord.

The after­noon brought a lovely pas­sa­ge under sail up north to Isfjord, whe­re we were gree­ted by a polar bear soon after reaching the ancho­ring posi­ti­on.

Polar bear, Ymerbukta

Polar bear in Ymer­buk­ta.

Pho­to gal­le­ry Bellsund-Isfjord

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


Oh yes, first came the cros­sing from Bear Island. Well, we could have done with a bit of wind from ano­t­her direc­tion – any other direc­tion – than from strai­ght ahead. But we made it up here in the end, and that’s what counts.

Drift ice, Barents Sea

Drift ice in the Bar­ents Sea, north of Bear Island.

Beau­ty all around us as soon as we ent­e­red Bellsund. A first lan­ding in the win­ter land­s­cape near Mid­ter­hu­ken. With polar bear (peace­ful and beau­ti­ful).

Polar bear, Bellsund

Polar bear in Bellsund.

The fjords are still lar­ge­ly fro­zen, it is still win­ter more than anything else. The shore­li­ne is blo­cked by ice in many pla­ces. Beau­ti­ful to see, and beau­ti­ful play­grounds for small boat crui­ses.

Meander, Bellsund

Mean­der near Akseløya.

Pho­to gal­le­ry Bellsund

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

02nd May 2022 – Bear Island

Bear Island! It took us a while to get here, con­si­de­ring the con­stant nort­hern winds that we have had in qui­te a while now.

But on Sunday evening we could see the island from a distance of more than 40 nau­ti­cal miles!


During the night we found out that lar­ge parts of the island are actual­ly sur­roun­ded by ice, which is a pret­ty rare event the­se days. The bay of Sør­ham­na whe­re we ori­gi­nal­ly inten­ded to anchor was blo­cked by ice, so this was not an opti­on and we ended up ancho­ring at the oppo­si­te and of Bear Island, near the nor­thwes­tern cor­ner.

Kapp Duner

The­re, we were able to get out with the ding­hy. It was the only place around the who­le island whe­re the rather dif­fi­cult com­bi­na­ti­on of swell, wind and ice allo­wed small boat ope­ra­ti­ons at all. It tur­ned out to be a litt­le crui­se that inclu­ded a short lan­ding on a beach – for sure not the lon­gest excur­si­on ever on this island, but without any doubt sweet, with the impres­si­ve rocky coast­li­ne part­ly cove­r­ed in ice, glit­te­ring in the sun! Stun­ning!

Kapp Duner

Later we con­ti­nued towards Spits­ber­gen, but the drift ice is fur­ther west than expec­ted and it keeps for­cing extra miles on us.


News-Listing live generated at 2022/May/17 at 07:54:41 Uhr (GMT+1)