Bear Islands and Syd Kap

Bear Islands and Syd Kap, Scoresby Sund, Greenland. Day 48. 15th August 2013.

Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

We went out in the zodiacs in the morning at the Bear Islands, navigating around in a forest of huge icebergs.

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

It was raining most of the day but that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the spectacular scenery around us.

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

Some remarkable patterns in the ice, too.  I think the blue bands are fissures that have refrozen.

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

Then we encountered a polar bear swimming in the water (water trail at bottom left).

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

He got to land, looked at us for a while, then disappeared out of sight.

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness .

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

Later in the afternoon we had a landing at Syd Kap.  Even some places in eastern Greenland you can find wildflowers.

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Archaeology, Bear Islands, Greenland, Icebergs, Inuit, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Polar Bears, Scoresby Sund, seascape, Syd Kap, Travel, Wilderness

This is an ancient Inuit meat safe or fridge in the context of the environment.  They could put say a seal kill in there with stones over the top, safe from arctic foxes and polar bears.

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12 comments on “Bear Islands and Syd Kap

  1. Another WOW. I’m curious, did you get to see any icebergs turn over?

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Yes we did. I can’t remember where but it might have been here. We had been verging on being a little too close to it too, but had moved away. No notice, well maybe a second or two and away it went.

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  2. leecleland says:

    Absolutely wonderful iceberg shots, the patterns and colours! In this wet environment how do you keep your camera gear dry? I will be going to Alaska next year and this worries me more than anything as I only have the one camera.

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  3. Such beautiful images, Murray! A magical journey you’re sharing with us all.

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