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An arbitrary collection of some of my favourite photographs from this expedition
This first Zodiac cruise was really a "trial run" to familiarise us with the routine. The weather was misty and photography was difficult, but at least we were able to leave the ship for a couple of hours.
2: Monaco Glacier & Worsleynesset|
Monaco Glacier plays host to many kittiwakes feeding off Arctic cod at its foot.
Our first shore landing was at Worsleynesset, and provided a chance to view plant and animal life and stretch our legs.
3: Pack Ice|
Polar bears spend time on the pack ice, in search of seals to eat. In previous years the pack ice has extended close into the eastern side of Svalbard, but this year we had to sail to latitudes in excess of 81 degrees north to find the ice, and with it polar bears.
Sjuoyane - Seven Islands|
We sailed to this location overnight to be woken to a vista of islands and bays. As we ate our breakfast, the guides went out in Zodiacs to scout for wildlife.
5: The Fat Bear|
We had intended to land on th easternmost island of Kvitoya, but this was shrouded in mist. Instead, we headed north once more to the pack ice.
|Day6: The Bear that Came to the Ship|
This was undoubtedly the most exciting doay of the entire expedition. A lone female polar bear was spotted on the ice at considerable distance. The captain put the bows of the ship into the pack ice and we waited for some sort of scenario to unfold.
|Day 7: Sorgfjord|
We landed at Crozierpynten, where there were relics from the Swedish - Russian Arc-de-Meridien scientific expedition. Later we crossed the bay to photograph a walrus colony.
Thes basalt cliffs are home to myriads of Brunich's guillemots, who nest on the sheer cliff face out of reach of the Arctic foxes that roam the lower slopes in search of eggs and other prey.
Bearing similarities to Alkefjellet, Diskobukta is a canyon whose cliffs are home to large numbers of kittiwakes, again attracting Arctic foxes.
The last day of the cruise was intended to be a relaxed day, but these arrangements were thrown into disarray when a polar bear was located on ice at the foot of a glacier.