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Gallery Bellsund, Isfjord

A calm pas­sa­ge down south to Bellsund was fol­lo­wed by 2 days with many high­lights in the bran­ches of this lar­ge fjord sys­tem. Fos­sils, some of Spitsbergen’s most per­fect­ly deve­lo­ped rai­sed beaches and water­falls in Van Keu­len­fjord, fol­lo­wed by the sigh­t­ing of a White-bil­led Diver (Gavia adamsii), a very rare sigh­t­ing in Spits­ber­gen. The sharp eyes of the bird­wat­cher also found the distant polar bear on the same day on the ice of a fro­zen gla­cier lagoon, while the moun­tain goa­ts were enjoy­ing ama­zing views over a gre­at arc­tic land­s­cape in the fan­tastic light of ano­t­her sun­set. Some real­ly nice nort­hern lights
kept some of us awa­ke for part of the night, but it was worth every minu­te of sleep we didn’t get.

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Also the next day came with lovely wea­ther, a bit less sun­ny, and gre­at impres­si­ons and views. The sce­nic struc­tures in Bellsund are uni­que and qui­te impres­si­ve. Moun­tains such as Mid­ter­hukfjel­let and islands inclu­ding Akseløya make 400 mil­li­on years of Earth histo­ry visi­ble.

Sou­ve­nirs from Spitsbergen’s equa­tor years a good 250 mil­li­on years ago star­ted the next and las­ted day. The sigh­t­ing of a polar bear on a rocky island next to the migh­ty Nor­dens­kiöld­breen was the final high­light. The bear was a bit lazy and didn’t show too much acti­vi­ty, but the sigh­t­ing was clear and the memo­ries are good and per­sis­tent.

For tho­se with an inte­rest in geo­lo­gy, and the­re were qui­te a few of them on board, it might be icing on the cream that the polar bear was lying on some of Spitsbergen’s oldest rocks …

Gre­at days in Bellsund and Isfjord

Bellsund, Isfjord

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last modification: 2014-10-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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