The end of a special day

The sun has just set. Unusual for us, as most of the Arctic season, we have 24 hours of daylight. A special end to a very special day. At the other horizon, we can still see Kvitøya reflect on the clouds. Kvitøya is the easternmost island of the archipelago, and we just came back from a zodiac cruise on Kræmerpynten, the easternmost point of this island. This meant we were only 30 nautical miles from Victoria Island, the first Russian Island towards Franz Joseph Land.

Late season is often characterised by beautiful light. When it’s overcast, there can be very little light, but when the sun is shining, everything is light up by a stunning warm light, which at home we only get just before sunset or just after sunrise. During our zodiac cruise, we had most of the time this beautiful light. During this zodiac cruise, for me, the four bears we found on the tiny spit of ice-free land might not have been the highlight of the journey. Nor were the mother and calf Walrus that were having a look at us. 

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Kvitøya, glooming in the distance 

No, for me, the highlight was this light, combined with the remoteness of this easternmost spit of land. Back on the ship, this feeling continued. We had an outside BBQ, which couldn’t have been better. I spent most time just looking backwards, enjoying the iceblink, which created a sort of aura around Kvitøya. 

 

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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