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Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Tromsø September 25th 2012

please visit Momenteel zijn we een jaar op wandelreis: Lappland, Nepal, Patagonia, Centrale Andes (Bolivia/Peru) en Colombia. De eerste 8 weken in Lappland zittern erop, momenteel wandelen we 3 maanden rond in Nepal. Een eerste verslag met heel wat foto's van 8 weken rondzwervern in Lappland vind je op ... read more
8 weken in Lappland
Packraften op Bierikjarve

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Longyearbyen August 8th 2012

Today was not a hugely successful day. A couple of landings weren’t possible due to weather; we ended up visiting the rather grandiosely named “Ny-London” (new London). In 1920 or thereabouts, some English miners/explorers discovered the most beautiful marble in the world – and lots of it. So they set up a mine at great expense, train tracks, conveyers, even a modest town square. Little did they know that the marble was inherently faulty because of the repeated exposure to freeze and thaw, which had cracked the marbles’ internal structure, so once it got to a warmer climate, it dissolved into powder. The mine was abandoned fairly quickly, most of the equipment went across the fjord to Ny-Alesund (a coal mine up until the seventies). Leaving a few rusty bits of equipment to gradually disintegrate in ... read more
There are reindeers here somewhere

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Longyearbyen August 7th 2012

Day 5. Cruising to Palanderbukta and walking on the side of a glacier. No chance of walking on the front lest it collapse. That afternoon we went to the Alkerfjellet bird cliffs. Massive basalt columns with literally tens of thousands of nesting little auk pairs, with their new summer babies. Perhaps 180,000 birds all together. The go here is that mum and dad push the babies off the cliff and they flop into the water as they can't yet fly. Dad then dives in, finds the kid (and there are thousands and they all look the same). They then spend the next month IN THE WATER, and start their migration south by paddling! I did manage this experience without being crapped on, but the smell is still in the parka!... read more
Walking on a glacier

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Longyearbyen August 6th 2012

Big day today. We zodiaced out to an island called Phippsoya. On the way were half a dozen curious walrus, popping their heads up and having a look. There were more on the beach – maybe a pile of twenty? They lie around together in groups, flopping about on top of each other, scratching, rolling. They are most ungainly on land and can weigh up to 4000lb. Whilst they could attack a human if cornered, they are quite indifferent to our presence and make no effort to get off the beach or come towards us. Off in the distance someone spots a white blob. It is literally a speck, but it appears to be moving. Yes it is a polar bear. Fortunately it is on another island across the sound, so we don’t have to immediately ... read more
There's a bear in there

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Longyearbyen August 5th 2012

So true to expedition cruising, our initial plans are thrown out the window. The pack ice (i.e. the sea ice that covers the north pole) is well north of Svalbard. This is where bears and walrus prefer to live, so the plan is to head towards it! It is so far north (about 80 degrees) that it doesn’t appear on most maps. This would not be a good time to discover that the world is flat, because we are about to reach the edge of it. By the end of the day we have reached 80 degrees 50 minutes (give or take). 560 miles from the north pole. We think we are the northernmost people on the planet! The pack ice has retreated as is normal in summer. No it’s not global warming, it just happens ... read more
7/10 pack ice
Standing on an ice floe


Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Longyearbyen August 4th 2012

Days and agendas are up in the air as is the nature of expedition cruising. We started earlier than usual today (6am rather than 7am), to make room for a bit of longer-distance travel between sights today. First stop was a zodiac cruise in a fjord called Sallyhamna. Nothing to see at the start except for a few seals and the ubiquitous birds, until the zodiacs rounded the corner and there is the most almighty cliff face of ice, part of the Sallyhamna glacier.. Willing a huge piece to fall off was unsuccessful. Two hours steaming towards an area called Fuglesongen (bird song). We zodiaced to a rocky beach (very slippery and awkward). then walked up a fairly sheer cliff and sat on a cold rock, whilst thousands of birds pretended not to notice we were ... read more

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Longyearbyen August 3rd 2012

Early morning checkout from hotel with transport to Oslo airport. There is something about guided tours that is a bit lazy….everything just happens. The trade off is that you spend a bit of time waiting for others but I think this is more than outweighed by the fact that it is all laid on for you. A two hour flight to Tromsø on the Norwegian coast, followed by a bizarre deplaning, checkout, passport control and check-in through a separate gate, getting back on the same plane in the same seat! We worked out later that this is because Longyearbyen is outside of the Schengen customs zone which explains the extra layer of beauracracy. Airport signs in Norwegian, English and Russian suggest we are heading to a unique part of the world. Norway is FULL of lakes. ... read more
MS Expedition
Svalbard looks like this

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Narvik June 20th 2012

Zondagmorgen 17/06/2012 vertrokken begaaid en wel op weg naar Zweden. We hadden allebei niet zo goed geslapen en best wel murg van de vorige beklimming. Het was een hartelijk afscheid van de camping-eigenaar. Hij vroeg al wanneer we terug kwamen.... Het eerste stuk van de route verliep tergend langzaam. 150km in 3u. Wel een prachtige weg langs de kronkelende fjorden. Via Narvik reden we recht Zweden en/ook Lapland binnen. De omgeving veranderde drastisch van steile besneeuwde bergen met volop water naar een hoogvlakte compleet in de verlatenheid. De bossen werden alsmaar dichter en ontoegankelijker. De sneeuw en ijsvlakten maakten het tot een zeer onherbergzaam gebied.De rendieren langs de weg zorgden voor grote oplettendheid tijdens het rijden. Eens de hoogvlakte voorbij bleven de bossen donker en dicht. Geen gemakkelijke plek om te wonen, denk ik. Er waren ... read more
Afscheid van Noorwegen...
Bijna een spijtige bende!
Nog een leuke verrassing!

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Kirkenes June 10th 2012

Wednesday 6th June 2012 This morning we reached the halfway point of our cruise with many passengers getting off and a new crowd ready to move in. Kirkenes has little more than this to offer the tourist we finding it a very drab and uninteresting town. The lack of interesting architecture is due to the town being completely destroyed during WW2 probably because, as continues now, iron ore is mined here. The Russian border is only 10kms from the town, busses taking interested tourists to view it. Having been to Russia a couple of years ago certainly didn't make this a priority. The boat was delayed for an hour waiting for a tour group to return, as the ship disembarked we had our lunch. Later in the day we stopped at Vado for about 30 mins ... read more
Our little cabin
Our seafood feast!
Views from the boat.

Europe » Norway » Northern Norway » Lofoten Islands June 10th 2012

Maandag 11/06/2012 We gingen het erop wagen. Het weer was zozo. We hadden echter zin om onze top 3 van de routes af te werken. Na 1 u aanloop over morene terrein, stonden we aan de start. De regen en hagel op dat moment ook..... We zijn letterlijk afgedropen. De regen stopte pas nadat we aan de auto aankwamen. Rond de bergtoppen bleef het hangen. Dus zijn we een terrasje gaan doen op het zonnige terras van het klattercafe in Henningsvaer. Daar kwamen we een zweeds koppel tegen en brachten een leuk uurtje door. Een Belgisch koppel van Beringen/Schoten waren op een zeilboot een 14daagse aan het doen. Een leuke gezellige namiddag! Een uitgebreide hamburger met frietjes maakten de dag compleet. Morgen een andere dag en misschien beter? Dinsdag 12/06/2012 & woensdag 13/06/2012 De wolken bleven ... read more
Lang leven de Belgische chocolade.
Eriks projectje.
Apa en Baboen

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