Movie: A taste of the Arctic

Another week, another Moment of Magic. In this case, I’d like to take you back to early June 2017 and explain a little how I make these movies. During this trip, we had several nice encounters and nice moments in the pack and fjord ice, with the highlight a bear walking along the shores of Hornsund. Another highlight was a bear seen from the zodiac walking on the fjord ice in front of a glacier, but as I had to drive my zodiac, there was no way for me to capture this on film (hence the photo’s in the back). I had finished the movie and was about to show it during recap just before dinner when we found a mother and two cubs on the ice that came close to the ship. The recap was postponed until after dinner, of course, and I started filming again.

Now, I had a problem. I knew I was going to show the movie after dinner (and give it to the passengers afterwards), but the most magical moment of the trip wasn’t in it. So I decided to have a very quick and short dinner and head back to my laptop and replace a few shots with the newly shot footage. Fortunately, I always work well while under pressure, so only two hours after we had seen this mother and cub, I could show this movie to the passengers.

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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