Finally! I’m back! Back where I belong, back in the place where I feel at home, back in the high Arctic!
The past two years were the first two years in many that I didn’t get to see Spitsbergen. Due to the pandemic, almost all expedition cruises were canceled, which made it very difficult for me to go there. But, with the restrictions ending and the virus seemingly less active, we can slowly start again. So… I’m back!
This time, I was asked to be bear guide on a smaller expedition cruise vessel on a trip specifically aimed to photograph these magnificent animals. The start of the trip was a bit difficult though. There was a lot of ice everywhere, but where were the bears… We did find a mother and cub in van Keulenfjord, but they had just eaten and had no interest in doing much. So, after waiting there for several hours, we decided to move on again, try our luck elsewhere.
But, despite the lack of bears, I was still enjoying the views, the animals and just being back again!