Greenland Monochromes 1

Greenland. Days 43 to 48. 10th to 15th August 2013.

Bearded seal, Black and White, Huskies, Icebergs, Ittoqqortoomiit, Landscape, Monochrome, Musk Ox, Photography, seascape, Travel, Wilderness, Wildlife

Musk Ox.

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Mountains and clouds from Antarctic Sund.

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Bearded Seal.

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Zodiac watching the seal.

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Alpefjord.

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Gateau Point.

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Gateau Point.

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Ittoqqortoomiit.

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Gary Rolfe and Huskies, Ittoqqortoomiit.

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Bird and face of Iceberg.

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Bird and face of Iceberg.

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Bird and face of Iceberg.

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Iceberg in Scoresby Sund.

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Iceberg in Scoresby Sund.

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Fønfjord , near Red Island.

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Polar Plunge (Bonnie Yap).

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Polar Plunge (Bonnie Yap).

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Ice river at Harefjord.

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Øfjord.

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Øfjord.

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Øfjord.

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Bear Islands.

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Bear Islands.

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Bear Islands.

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Spitsbergen Monochromes

Spitsbergen. Days 39 to 41. 6th to 8th August 2013.

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Polar Bears.

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Polar Bears.

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Tinayrebukta Glacier.

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Bearded Seal.

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Kittiwakes.

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Lilliehöökbreen Glacier.

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Blue Whale.

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Blue Whale.

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Blue Whale.

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Guillemots after first flight fall.

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Guillemots after first flight fall.

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Walrus.

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Polar Bear.

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Glacier at Hamiltonbukta.

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Glacier at Hamiltonbukta.

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Glacier at Hamiltonbukta.

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Smeerenburg.

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Smeerenburg Glacier.

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Harbour Seal.

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Harbour Seal.

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Harbour Seal.

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Mid-Atlantic ice.

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Mid-Atlantic ice.

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Polar bear in ice.

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Polar bear on ice floe.

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Midnight ice.
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Alpefjord

Alpefjord, Greenland. Day 45. 12th August 2013.

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From Nanortalik the previous day, we passed through Antarctic Sund, Kong Oscar Fjord and Segelsällskapets Fjord to Alpefjord, navigating through a network of fjords without going out to sea.  This morning it was a 6 o’clock start in the zodiacs.

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I think this must be where twin glaciers come together towards the end of Alpefjord, Gullygletscher and Sefstrøm Gletscher.  The rest of the images must be further in that direction.

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A bearded seal relaxing on the ice.

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One of the other zodiacs has also seen the seal.

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Polar Bears at Tinayrebukta

Tinayrebukta, Spitsbergen. Day 39. 6th August 2013.

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We had left Longyearbeyan the previous afternoon and sailed north up the coast of Spitsbergen during the night to a northern fjord, Tinayrebukta.  We piled into the zodiacs in the early morning and within half an hour came across a pair of polar bears, mother and cub, who had been feeding off a reindeer carcase and weren’t at all concerned about us.

You can go on a voyage such as this and not see a single polar bear and we had jagged two in the first half hour.

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This is the voyage.  Up the coast of Spitsbergen, across to Greenland, down the coast of Greenland through the fjords and then down to Iceland.  The red dots don’t all indicate stops.  Many are intermediate points to simulate the route.  There is also serious distortion here due to the Mercator projection.  Spitsbergen (or Svalbard to use the less ambiguous name) is actually half the size of Iceland.

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This is the voyage in Spitsbergen.  Longyearbyen is at the bottom of the map.  I have included the trip to Pyramiden.  From Longyearbyen we sailed to Tinayrebukta (this post), Lilliehöökbreen, Hamiltonbukta and Smeerenburg, then departed for Greenland.

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We were able to watch the polar bears for a while.

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After a while they settled down.

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… for an after-dinner snooze.

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This gives an idea of the situation.  There were four or five zodiacs filled with people.  The bears are on the shore on the left.

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Bear and reindeer carcase.

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Snoozing time….

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Not far away, a magnificent glacier spilling slowly from the mountains into a still fjord.

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May be a different glacier.

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Same glacier, further back.

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Black guillemots.

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A great number of gulls in front of a glacier.

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Ivory gull.

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Kittiwake.

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Bearded Seal.

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Bearded Seal.

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Ice on the water.

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Another massive glacier.

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The same view from further out.

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Now we were starting to head back to the ship for lunch.

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There’s the ship (Polar Pioneer) on the left, and a couple of zodiacs heading back towards it.