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The big crossing, part 2: Barents Sea, Bear Island

Lofoten – Bear Island – Spitsbergen with SV Antigua – 22nd Mai – 03rd June, 2016

The wea­ther fore­cast had deve­lo­ped in our favour: a strong wes­ter­ly bree­ze, about Beau­fort 5, that is good sai­ling wind for us. Of cour­se it takes time for ever­y­bo­dy to get used to the move­ment of the ship, and it is not unhe­ard of that a pla­te or cup occa­sio­nal­ly takes a trip through the air, which usual­ly ends with dest­ruc­tion. When it is not­hing more than that – that is part of a sai­ling voya­ge, we can well live with that.

In such con­di­ti­ons, Bear Island can be a tri­cky place. It is clear that the­re is just one place for us that allows a lan­ding, but the­re is one place, and that is essen­ti­al­ly all we need. So we all get a direct impres­si­on of this remo­te island with its stun­ning coas­tal sce­ne­ry, some hints of its histo­ry and some of its tun­dra colours.

The wind stays with us on the way fur­ther north. Dai­ly life on board requi­res a bit of plan­ning and awa­reness during every step, but you are quick­ly get­ting used to it and qui­te quick­ly a group of tou­rists is tur­ned into a crew of sailors – well, almost, but the impro­ve­ment is obvious.

Less then 24 hours after our depar­tu­re from Bear Island, we have sigh­ted the sou­thern west coast of Spits­ber­gen.

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

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