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Gallery 5: the southern west coast

Arctica II - 04-22 August 2019

The beau­tiful day across Storfjord led to an even more beau­tiful evening all the way south on Spitsbergen’s west coast. So beau­tiful that we could take the rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a landing on Sør­kap­pøya (the south cape island). Real­ly not an ever­y­day thing, and cer­tain­ly among­st the unfor­gettable high­lights of a long arc­tic sum­mer for me.

Storm­buk­ta did not want us with all the­se shal­lows and low water, but the oppor­tu­ni­ty for a walk came later in Hyt­te­vi­ka. The count­less litt­le auks that were crow­ding the slo­pes just weeks ago had left, but the arc­tic foxes are still enjoy­ing a good sum­mer life.

In Bell­sund, we got final­ly the oppor­tu­ni­ty for a gla­cier hike or, as a choice, tun­dra and gla­cier by boat. Then it was time to set cour­se for Isfjord. Barents­burg was the place were we got a slow and slight­ly dif­fe­rent intro­duc­tion to what they call zivi­li­sa­ti­on again.

Gal­lery 5: the sou­thern west coast

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