Looking back at 2012 pt II

Polar Bear
Polar Bear

If I write 5 blog posts about what happened during one day, that day must be the highlight of 2012. It really started in the early afternoon on July 19th when we approached the Negribreen with the Noorderlicht. While we were enjoying this spectacular glacier we found a group of 1000’nds of Kittiwakes with at least 60 Ivory Gulls in between them. After we had enjoyed this for a while, we set sail for Heleysundet, a small bay where we would spent the night. On our way to this bay we found a Ringed Seal on a small iceberg nicely posing for us, something they hardly do. And when everybody was getting ready to head to bed, a mother Polar Bear and two cubs kept us on deck for the largest part of the night. The days don’t get much better as this one… Here a picture shot on the next morning, when the first mother and two cubs were just chased away by another family…

For the ones who haven’t seen it yet, here’s a movie of what happened during that night…

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.


    • yeah, we were at anchor. Just a small generator to give some electricity. And the vibrancy reduction of Final Cut X of course 😉


    • I think this is one of the cleanest parts of the world. The dark ‘stuff’ on the snow is probably just dust or dirt, not caused by humans. There is of course the problem of persistent pollutants that do cause a problem, but those are invincible.
      Thanks for the comment.


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