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Archive for the ‘Northern Europe’ Category

Grand Prize Trip to Svalbard - José Luis Rodriguez III

Monday, October 8th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Svalbard seabirds In Svalbard, polar bears compete with seabirds in prominence. Their colonies are truly spectacular. Many different species of seabirds were close to the ship during the voyage. I checked it around Longyearbyen sail with fulmars, which began flying beside ...

Grand Prize Trip to Svalbard II - José Luis Rodriguez

Monday, October 8th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Encounters with other wildlife Walruses are very clumsy on land but in the water they operate with great agility. This way they demonstrated us in 2 of the 4 colonies we saw, in both cases they came to the zodiac and ...

Grand Prize Trip to Svalbard I - José Luis Rodriguez

Monday, October 8th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Polar bear encounters Polar bears are totemic animals for me and I never thought I could have a polar bear face to face, just 20 meters away, and also showing himself for my camera. The journey started on the M/S Quest ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest XV

Friday, September 14th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

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The M/S Stockholm, late afternoon of July 5 The M/S Stockholm, morning of July 6 July 6 & 7 - Sörkapp & Ekmanfjorden Into the eye of the storm "A whale!", with eyes wide open Martin pulls the rudder and tries to move the ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest XIV

Friday, September 14th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

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July 7 & 8 -  Eidembukta, Barentsburg, Longyearbyen Tundra flowers in the rain & time to go home! So the Svalbard weather is suddenly making a statement this morning. A grey sky, a stiff wind and the rain blowing in sideways blasts ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest XIII

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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July 5 - Lamoteøya, Martinodden & Boltodden What a a day... "Get ready guys, he will leave the water and just after that he will shake! Get ready!" I keep hearing myself repeating that to Mats & Pär as the Zodiac glides ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest XII

Monday, September 10th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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July 06- Hamiltonbukta, Danskøya and Amsterdamøya Top notch in Hamiltonbukta I had good mornings and I had great mornings in Svalbard and then I had the Hamiltonbukta morning which played in it’s own league. So even with the flying start spotting ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest XI.5

Sunday, September 9th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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July 05 - Sjuøyane & the pack ice The pack ice The sea is rough this morning but as our ship sneaks into the bay of Phippsøya, one of the Sjuøyane in the far north, we find the needed shelter ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest XI

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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July 4 - Austfonna & Vibebukta Shades of Blue At 6 in the morning Andreas and I wake up from someone knocking at our cabin's door. "Per thinks you should see this", says a voice from the dark. If Per, our ...

Svalbard with Wild Wonders & Polar Quest X

Friday, September 7th, 2012 Posted in Northern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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July 3 - Andréeneset (Kvitøya) & Isisoyane (Isispynten) The White Island 75.000 people honoured the dead bodies of polar explorers S.A. Andrée, Knut Fraenkel & Nils Strindberg when they were brought back to Stockholm in October, 1930. 33 years earlier they had set ...