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Lofoten – Bear Island (a.k.a. Beeren Eylandt or Bjørnøya) – Spitsbergen

SV Antigua, 22nd May – 05th June, 2015

The first trip of the arc­tic sum­mer 2015 was an excel­lent start into the sea­son. The wea­ther lar­ge­ly good or very good, wild­life obser­va­tions good and some­ti­mes spec­ta­cu­lar, a suc­cess­ful, inte­res­ting lan­ding on Bear Island, which is always a high­light of this par­ti­cu­lar voya­ge for me, good spi­rits on board – that is all you can hope for and actual­ly more than you should exect.

Here are now pho­tos of this trip, orga­ni­zed into 3 dif­fe­rent pho­to gal­le­ries for a bet­ter over­view, the triplog, group pho­to and the short ver­si­on of the sli­de­show. And addi­tio­nal­ly, the­re is always Rolf’s arc­tic blog, which will be updated con­ti­nuous­ly throughout the sea­son. Enjoy ☺

Click here for the triplog (pdf, 12,8 MB).

Simi­lar pages will come over the fol­lowing mon­ths for more arc­tic voya­ges: Jan May­en, Spits­ber­gen, Green­land and, final­ly, ear­ly Novem­ber, back to Lofo­ten, with a hint of the polar night and (hope­ful­ly) nort­hern lights. So it is worth com­ing back to this site over the sum­mer.

Gal­le­ry 1: Lofo­ten to Trom­sø

A start under sail across Ves­t­fjord and then visits to pic­tures­que Lofo­ten vil­la­ges. A rain­bow bridge across Raft­sund direct­ly into famous Troll­fjord, figh­t­ing Sea eagles, ama­zing Tin­den and final­ly Trom­sø in the best north Nor­we­gi­an ear­ly sum­mer wea­ther.

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

Gal­le­ry 2: Bar­ents Sea, Bear Island

The Bar­ents Sea, to begin with, was just grey and the wind would not let us use the sails, but we came to Bear Island qui­te quick­ly. Inspi­te of initi­al doubts becau­se of the rather rough wea­ther, we mana­ged a lan­ding in the sou­thwes­tern part of the island: good impres­si­ons of the rocky cliff coast with some sea­b­ird colo­nies (Com­mon and Brünich’s guil­lemots next to each other), views along the gran­dious coast fur­ther south with the rock bridge Kvalk­jef­ten („Wha­le jaw“) and the rock need­le Sylen („The awl“) and inte­res­ting details of a karst land­s­cape inland, some­thing that is qui­te rare in the Arc­tic. A fog­gy, but calm night at anchor, and next morning, the clouds bro­ke up and we even got sun­ny views of the spec­ta­cu­lar south coast of Bear Island. Very impres­si­ve even though it was far too rough for any lan­ding or Zodiac crui­se.

We we con­ti­nued nor­thwards, the view of a Nor­we­gi­an wha­ling ship in action was some­thing that is actual­ly far too com­mon in the­se waters, but rare­ly seen by peop­le like us who shoot with came­ras and not with guns or har­poons. It was a tough expe­ri­ence to wit­ness how a Min­ke wha­le, spik­ed strai­ght through the body by a har­poon, dies with gre­at pain over several minu­tes. Hump­back wha­les in the most beau­ti­ful evening sun brought the spi­rits up again, thank­ful­ly.

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

Gal­le­ry 3: Spits­ber­gen

Wea­ther luck remai­ned with us for the who­le length of time that we still had. From the ice that blo­cked Horn­sund, but brought a lar­ge num­ber of Harp seals, to Bellsund, whe­re we had our first lan­dings and this ama­zin­gly beau­ti­ful encoun­ter with a Polar bear fami­ly. The second year cubs were incredi­b­ly curious and came strai­ght up to Anti­gua, which was moo­red against the fast ice edge for the night.

The remai­ning time brought Belugas and Wal­rus­ses, tun­dra, Bar­ents­burg, snow and ice in fjords and on land and final­ly a warm fare­well in Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

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

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Lofo­ten – Bear Island – Spits­ber­gen, SV Anti­gua, 22nd May – 05th June, 2015

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