By: Arjen Drost

Aug 27 2011

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Category: nature, Photography, Polar, Scenery

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Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/320 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Gnålodden in Hornsund

In the Arctic flexibility is very important. It’s good to make plans, but you always have to have a plan B (and often even a plan C, D and E). There are many factors who can disrupt plans during an exhibition cruise: wind, ice conditions and of course Polar Bears. This morning I wanted to go ashore at Gnålodden, the tundra area underneath a bird cliff in Hornsund. Another ship just beat me to it, and after a short conversation over the radio we agreed that the other expedition leader would give me a sign when I could come ashore. That call came a lot earlier. They had just put their first group ashore, when they found a Polar Bear high up on the tundra right underneath the cliff. Even though they had scanned the area very well, the had missed out on this one initially. I can’t really blame them, this high I also wouldn’t expect a Polar Bear. The situation wasn’t dangerous as the distance was great, but a landing was out of the question, also for us of course. This meant I had to come up with plan B, a ships cruise through the ice filled bay of Burgerbukta. When the sun started to shine a little, this turned out to be a great option.


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