Franz Josef Land & Svalbard - 2018

We left Rudolf Island and sailed further north until we reach the pack ice. Then we were only separated from the North Pole by that ice which the Sea Spirit could not enter (it is not an ice- breaker). That huge expanse of ice was impressive, beautiful and frightening when we thought of the various explorers who had dared enter that “icy desert” only to become entrapped and unable to leave. Then come the harrowing survival stories or the tragedies that befell many.

Day 5 – Jackson Island

Air still freezing, and our first planned landing site at Cape Norway at Jackson Island was blocked with ice. So the ship moved to another site which was open. The seas were choppy and the landing area was in front of sheer cliffs. After some deliberation, Kay decided to try it and Lois decided to sit this one out. Kay got some good shots of the tundra plants and lichens— even an Arctic poppy.

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