Getting higher

Hornsund seen from the crow's nest

The past two years I’ve been guiding on the most beautiful ship on Spitsbergen, the two mast schooner Noorderlicht. It’s really beautiful to sail quietly though the Arctic waters (even though we motor quite a lot). And the shallow draft means we can go to places inaccessible for other ships. Normally I try to keep human influences out of the pictures as much as possible, but with a ship this nice it can be nice to use it in the picture. It is possible to make the climb into the crow’s nest. A 15 meter long climb over a small rope ladder… Last year I never got to do it, but now, as we were sailing in the beautiful Hornsund in nice and calm conditions I decided to make the climb. Near the crow’s nest I decided to take some pictures. The higher perspective, together with the ship, the calm water and the ice in the fjord give this picture some of the feeling you get when you’re sailing around in these icy waters.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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