Autumn on the tundra

A little bit later in the season and a bit further south as Spitsbergen, makes autumn a beautiful time on the tundra in Scoresby Sund. Because of the more southerly position (Spitsbergen is just south of 80ºN, where Scoresby Sund is around 70ºN), there is a lot more vegetation. There are still no proper trees, but the willow is a lot bigger already and there are more Dwarf Birches and berry-bushes. All this, colours nicely yellow, red and orange, giving the Tundra a beautiful autumn setting.

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Arctic Willow

And when you keep a good eye out, one can even see a few of the very last flowers, like this Arctic Harebell.

 

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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