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Gallery 5: Storfjord

Svalbard with SV Arctica II, 2017 - photo gallery southeastern Svalbard: Storfjord from Heleysund to the south cape

You can hard­ly say that the last cou­ple of days had been bor­ing, but … this part of the trip was cer­tain­ly some­thing spe­cial. The wish for a good polar bear sight­ing was the­re – not expli­ci­te­ly, we had seen a num­ber of polar bears, inclu­ding a pret­ty nice sight­ing, but con­side­ring the poten­ti­al of the last days, it was still a bit thin. This was about to chan­ge now. We saw no less than 7 in a day or two, inclu­ding some distant sightin­gs. Three good ones. And a VERY good one, which none of us will for­get.

Some­thing else that we are not going to for­get was the pas­sa­ge of the nar­row Orm­ho­let, stun­ning as always, and a beau­tiful evening landing on this small island that gave us the impres­si­on that we were the first peo­p­le the­re. And we may well have been the first tou­rists the­re, at least.

Then the­re was still the long pas­sa­ge around the south cape. The wind was fil­ling the sails and Arc­ti­ca II, not exact­ly built as a racing boat, made up to 12 knots, dri­ven only by the wind, making skip­per Hein­rich hap­py. Some of the others were hap­py a bit later when we had the south cape behind us.

Gal­lery 5: Storfjord from Heley­sund to the south cape

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

To Gal­lery:  → west coast (1)  → north coast  → Nord­aus­t­land  → Hin­lo­pen Strait  → Storfjord  → west coast (2)

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