Little Auk
Little Auk

When walking around on Spitsbergen every now and then you have the feeling someone is laughing at you. Especially near scree slopes this feeling can be strong. At closer look however, it turns out you’re standing next to a Little Auk colony. The sound these birds make is reminiscent of laughter, especially when there are thousands of them. It is always great fun sitting in between these birds, with there funny flight and clumsy way of walking. Suddenly time flies and you hardly realise the cold of the Arctic.

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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