Posts in category Kajak Svalbard 2014
So we are back in Longyearbyen. After another beautiful day we only had some problems because of the wind. It was strong, and the sail boat supossed to pick us up was concerned about it. So we got in touch with a bigger one who took us to Longyearbyen. Once arrived we went straight for a well deserved hot shower, dinner, and a even more deserved soft bed.
Tomorrow, when connection is better we will post some beautiful photos of this wonderful trip.
Good night !
Our position tonight 7th August:
Tonight we set up camp outside of Pyramiden, the old mining Russian settlement, a ghost city nowadays. This is our pick up point for tomorrow 8th August as well.
It has been a perfect day for paddling. Some clouds, almost no wind, just a little on our back so it was smooth and perfect paddling.
We took a hike up towards the glacier and explored some of the caves on it as well. We had a walk on the deserted streets, and some great views over the old settlement as well, which was like a history lesson on the old mining days.
Everybody is very happy, great times, and the only thing we miss is to see a Polar bear! We did have an Arctic fox trying to steal our food today, but we chased him away, after some photos of course. That was nice!
Report from Ingebjorg and the kayak team.
Windy in the morning, and we thought we will have to struggle against it again. But then, as we were paddling, the sky opened up, the sun came out and the wind calmed down. After all a beautiful day.
We paddled along the glacier front all day long, in between seals and icebergs, which we even saw falling from the glacier.
Stopped for lunch on a small island and had pancakes and a really relaxed time!
So now the sun is still shining as we have dinner, and we hope it will be a beautiful night as well. This is the nicest experience that you can have here, a day like today.
We are all very, very happy, and even if we haven’t seen a polar bear yet we hope it will be tonight. We spoke with another guy here who told us that there’s two of them in the area so we need to keep our eyes open all the time!
Our position for the night: N78 40.284, E16 51.660
Inge’s report from Svalbard. I am calling during polar bear guard, at 04:30 am with our report from yesterday, 4th August.
Our position is N78 32.004, E16 28.233
Yesterday was a good day of paddling. We started from Gipsbay on a NorthWest course. The wind was still blowing from the side so we were getting hit by waves, but not as bad as yesterday. Then, as soon as we turned around the point we found some shelter and it became nice and smooth. Found a beautiful spot for lunch with sunshine and perfect conditions. We kept on paddling northwards the whole day, before coming in to rest and set up camp, around 3:30 pm.
We haven’t seen any polar bear yet, but we have heard some rumors that there’s a big male up this fjord so maybe we will be lucky tomorrow. It will be an exciting night !
We did have a thousand birds flying around and watching over us as we paddled smoothly through this impressive fjord.
All of us in the group are having a really good time. The only problem are some sore muscles, but that is good !
Greetings from all of us !
Report from Ingebjorg, 3rd August.
Today we paddled around 11 Km. It was quite heavy, with strong W winds facing headfirst, so we had wind, weather and waves on our faces.
We started kayaking at around 11:30am. It was a longer morning as the first day it takes longer to pack. We ate lunch ar 3pm, later than normal as it would have been a big struggle to get to shore and come back out again against the conditions.
We crossed under the Temple mountain, abeautiful one that gives name to the fjord we are in. Now the sun is shining, and although the wind is strong and it is getting colder we hope it is going to be a beautiful night.
We had to struggle a little to find water but it was just a short walk. Then dinner and get ready for the night.
Everything is fine, and everybody having a wonderful time !
Regards from the end of Templefjord, Svalbard !
Report from Ingebjorg, 2nd August.
We started out at noon. Jackie and Steve’s plane arrived late, at 5am so they did not sleep much and were quite tired.
So we prepared everything and made ready to leave on our sailing vessel, which we did at noon. Arrived to this position at 14.30 and having been a long and hard day we decided to set up camp and stay the night. Especially since it was a bit rough at sea. Nice weather, but wind out of the S-SW, facing right against us, and quite heavy!
Once we had set up camp we went out for a walk up the mountain. Very nice, amazing views towards the glacier on this little walk!
We had dinner and coffee and prepared for the night. Polar bear guard will be on Norunn, Elisabeth and me so that Jackie and Steve get a full night rest tonight. It will mean a few more hours but there’s clear ski, some sunshine and we hope it will be a beautiful night so it’s more than fine.
As we sailed around icebergs we saw some seals as well today, so it’s been a great start to our trip!
Regards to all from Spitsbergen in the Arctic!!!
Everything is ready now for the adventure. Just a few last minute details to finish before leaving.
Our guide Ingebjorg will be in Spitsbergen early next week, and the rest of participants, Jackie, Steve, Norunn and Elisabeth will be there and ready on the 2 nd of August.
Then the paddling and adventure will start.
Wish them a good trip from here !