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Der Seitenbetreiber, Autor, Verlagschef und Polar-Guide Rolf Stange schreibt über spannende Themen rund um Spitzbergen und die Arktis.

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Polar bear observed close to Longyearbyen

Less than a week after the polar bear visit to Kapp Linné, which made it big in international media, another polar bear was seen near a settlement in Spitsbergen. This time, it was Longyearbyen, the main settlement. The bear was … Continue reading

Spitsbergen under sail with SV Antigua in July 2018: double cabin available

18 intense days in Spitsbergen on SV Antigua, a 3 mast sailing ship – a dream voyage for arctic enthusiasts! Now there is the chance to join us on our voyage in July (12-29, 2018). Fully booked since long ago, … Continue reading

Avoid disturbance in sensitive tundra areas such as Midterhuken!

The summerseason has begun in Spitsbergen. After a relatively early snow melt, ships have arrived to take tourists into remote areas, and birds have returned to start their breeding season. The early summer is a very busy time in the … Continue reading

Polar bear in building on Kapp Linné (Isfjord Radio)

A polar bear broke into a building on Kapp Linné/Isfjord Radio. The old radio station provided radiocommunication between the settlements of Spitsbergen and the Norwegian mainland. It was disused when a glass fibre cable was laid to enable much faster … Continue reading

Billefjord

One night’s sailing had taken us far into the inner branches of Isfjord and we woke up to a fantastic panorama in Billefjord. Mirror images on the water and dozens of seals lying on the ice! No landing to start … Continue reading

Isfjord: Alkhornet, Barentsburg

It is really fully winter still here in Isfjord. Snow, snow, snow. Add to that some sun, the sound of a birdcliff in the background and a wide panorama of fjord and coast, mountains and glaciers, reindeer and geese on … Continue reading

Kongsfjord

We could spend the whole day in Kongsfjord. This postcard-level-beautiful fjord consists, next to mountains, of many large glacier, and we had a very good and close look at several ones of them, both from a landbased perspective and from … Continue reading

Forlandsund, Ny-Ålesund

The wind that had bothered us yesterday evening served us well later during the night and carried us far north, so we woke up with walrusses just around the corner and of course we made good use of the opportunity … Continue reading

Vesterålen: Stokmarknes

This bridge last night turned out to be an interesting thing. A 30 metre high bridge and a 31 metre high ship. Well, but the 30 metres of the bridge are the guaranteed minimum hight above the highest high water … Continue reading

Lofoten: Skrova & Trollfjord

The weather was much more agreeable today: still cloudy, but no rain and very little wind. So we went to the lovely island and harbour of Skrova, which we reached after a short passage from Kabelvåg during breakfast. Skrova has … Continue reading

Kabelvåg

Last night, we had a great sunset at sea, behind the mountains of the island of Austvågøy, while we were gently sailing northeastwards … very nice! A beautiful passage with lovely visual impressions, that’s how we like it! Sunset over … Continue reading

Nusfjord

We were a bit curious how it would be to get Antigua into the small harbour of Nusfjord in the strong winds that we had, but they just calmed down and it turned out to be fine. And so did … Continue reading

Lofoten: Reine

Some hours sailing (without engine!) took us across Vestfjord to Moskenesøya, the southernmost island of the main chain of the Lofoten islands (there are some outliers, Værøy and Røst, far out in the sea). Most people enjoyed the passage, although … Continue reading

Arctic under sail 2018: starting with SV Antigua in Bodø

Bodø! This is where the arctic circle is closing. Not the arctic circle that marks the southernmost appearance of the midnight sun, that is at 66°33’N, about 44 miles south of Bodø. But the circle of the arctic sailing adventures … Continue reading

Unique photos of mating polar mating at the weather station on Hopen

The little island of Hopen seems to be the place currently regarding rare wildlife observations. Just a few weeks ago a polar fox attacked the station’s dogs, later it appeared to have rabies. Only a few days later, the crew … Continue reading

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