Polar Bears
Polar Bears

Sometimes that’s all one can say… Here I am, sitting on the stern deck in the midnight sun. I’m listening to Ilse deLange while I still see three Polar Bears resting next to the remains of what once was a seal… Today was definitely one of my best days in the Arctic, ever. Beautiful sunshine, nice ice everywhere, 12 different bears, a group of 27 Ivory Gulls, several Pomarine Skua’s and 3219 pictures. We parked the ship next to a fresh kill shortly after lunch and never left. It was great to see all different sorts of behaviour, dominant males chasing younger ones, males sharing food, males threatening each other. And all this with spectacular light, that became even nicer as the evening progressed. I’ve used nearly all my lenses, from the 8-15mm fish eye, to more scenic shots with the 17-40mm and the 70-200mm to close-ups with 600mm… Days like this are a very important reason for me to be a guide. Experiencing this and sharing these experiences with my fellow travelers.


Before I go to bed I just need sometime to process all these experiences. I’ve packed my camera’s away and am just sitting here, in the midnight sun with a little music. Such a great ending of such a great day, I almost get emotional…

(This post was written at 1 a.m. when I just laid down in bed after this extraordinary day)

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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