The polar bear that was stranded on Karl-XII island in Svalbard

We saw only one bear from a "photographic distance" during our expedition around Svalbard at the beginning of May 2018. It looked like he was stranded on Karl-XII island, after the sea ice had already retreated a few hundred kilometres further. Read more about him here.

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Alkefjellet bird cliff in Svalbard

The Alkefjellet bird cliff is probably one of the most famous ones on the Svalbard archipelago. It is the home to approximately 100,000 BrĂ¼nnich's guillemot that come there to breed after winter. Knowing this, the translation of Alkefjellet from the Norwegian language makes a lot of sense: the guillemot mountains. It is located on the west side of the Hinlopen Strait, on the island of Spitsbergen. Now let's just stop…

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Svalbard expedition on MS Freya (4-10 May 2018)

At the beginning of May 2018, I participated to my first Svalbard expedition on board the MS Freya. This was a long time dream for me so you can imagine how excited I was to step on the ship in Longyearbyen on 4 May 2018 for our departure. This first blog post about the Svalbard expedition is like a diary. I will write a few words about each day, with of course many photos. Each photo is accompanied by the settings that I used.

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