we all knew that he was not showing us his “money” shots since they would be sold to NatGeo and BBC.
After all the official procedures had been fulfilled, we sailed out of Cambridge Bay and headed North for our first possible landing in FJL. The day had been a little bit colder than the day before but still not nearly as intense as we had feared. Skies had been clear and the sea was calm.
Day 4 – Cape Fligely
Our first proposed landing (at Cape Stolbovoy on Rudolf Island) was planned for this morning. The day started off a bit colder yet (freezing at 0 degrees C). Everyone was eager to step foot on land but a swimming polar bear interrupted those plans. He was a very curious fellow who swam very close to the marina deck on the ship. The two ELs were becoming concerned that he might even climb aboard and they were planning how to prevent that, when he apparently saw enough of us and swam away. That interval required the ship to change course and sail further north to an alternate site: Cape Fligely, still on Rudolf Island. When we learned that the Cape is the furthest north land on the Eurasian continent, we were all delighted that this would be our first landing site (81 degrees 52 minutes). It was a difficult landing in that ice met us on the very narrow strip of rocky shore but most folks managed to at least get their toes on the land. Some climbed higher above the beach and others returned to the ship after the touchdown (Lois). Those who climbed higher (Kay) had to hurry back down and quickly get on the Zodiacs since yet another polar bear began approaching the area from a nearby glacier.
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