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Under sail to the ice with SV Antigua

Gallery 2: Northwards, to the ice

The­re was still a lot of ice on Spitsbergen’s north coast in ear­ly June 2019, and that was very temp­ting. The who­le north coast was actual­ly still com­ple­te­ly locked in ice, we met the first drift ice fields in Smee­ren­burg­fjord! After a love­ly snow shoe hike, we found two curious wal­ru­ses and had a look at the gla­cier front of Smee­ren­burg­breen befo­re we con­tin­ued into Kob­befjord on the west side of Dan­s­køya. The­re, we took up a nice, almost for­got­ten tra­di­ti­on by lea­ving some mail in a cairn. May­be ano­ther ship will find it and take it back to a post office one day …

Then we went into the ice. The­re was ple­nty of it. More than we had expec­ted, actual­ly. We made it as far as Raud­fjord and not a sin­gle meter fur­ther. And we even made it back 🙂 just kid­ding … but it did take some time. Which was beau­tiful. Just crui­sing slow­ly through open drift ice, find some wal­ru­ses every now and then, enjoy the views, the various islands on the way!

Gal­lery 2: Nor­thwards, to the ice

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