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Monthly Archive 15 June 2016

Birding around Longyearbyen

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a 50 percent discount offer for a Polar Bear Special cruise around Spitsbergen. Sailing with an icebreaker to see polar bears? Count me in! Seeing a polar bear is something a lot of nature enthusiasts want to do at some point in their life and for me this was no different. The benefit of booking late is also that you don’t have to wait very long before the trip starts. So, after having had a long travel and a night sleeping on the floor of Gardermoen airport in Oslo, my plane finally landed at the airport of Longyearbyen. The ship will depart tomorrow afternoon so I have time to do some birding before the actual trip starts. After I’ve put away my stuff it’s time to go birding!

Polar Bear Day

We’ve been on the ship Plancius for four days now. After we took off in Longyearbyen, we sailed north in the direction of the pack ice. On the first day I saw already a species that was a huge target for me, the largest animal on this earth: blue whale! The birds are also coming along nicely, photographing flyby puffins is a challenge but it gets easier. Today is the day that we should arrive at the pack ice and that means a big possibility that we will see the main target of the trip: polar bear!