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    Originally posted by Sarnia View Post
    ....It's a life that fascinates me (as well as the life of people doing scientific campaigns in the Peri-Antarctic islands. Would I be able to do it?)....
    Many assume that such work in these remote places must be perfect for the solitary loner, but actually one needs to be very much a people person to fit in these self-contained communities. I’ve known a number of scientists who have done research work in Antarctica and other polar regions. As for myself, had the opportunity arisen, I really don’t know (perhaps more likely I’d have jumped at a stint on a research drilling ship). I have a personality of co-existing extremes with little in the “normal” middle ground!!!!

    Originally posted by PanjiS View Post
    ....I realized it was the first time I had been completely on my own on an arctic trip and that was something special....
    Certainly a lot of me very much understands just how special that must have been, Panji, and it comes out strongly in your photographs.

    #14/1 has such a subtle water-colour painting feel, which I liked a lot, and 14/2 also.
    I keep returning to #12/2 with the combination of the birds, the not-dissimilar but darker cluster of people in the zodiac, and the misty headland. Would I have been tempted to have cropped it to a wide slit-shape leaving only a small triangle of shore line in the corner? …maybe I would, despite the loss of the breaking of the wave on the left.

    I just realised I was writing that the images of the whalers’ time here “speak for themselves” but it is indeed the sound of silence.


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      Thanks for posting this report from an island that I have never been to, and probably never will, but that I have had in my mind since early childhood.
      The link to the Jan Mayen website is also much appreciated.
      From there I found this link:
      A very well presented report of an expedition to Jan Mayen and the Beerenberg. The standard of photography should satisfy even the most discerning of CVF members, I think. Well worth an hour or so for those with interests in spectacular scenery and adventurous exploits in the Arctic.


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        [QUOTE]I can hear the silence in your pictures as well (if that makes sense.[QUOTE]
        It makes perfectly sense to me!

        @ombuge: thanks for the link too. What a privilege it must be to see the volcano.. I can't believe they saw it almost everyday the week before we were there and two days after (when another ship landed).

        @Seagull, thanks for the photo tip and your comments


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          Here is a photo of one of their hut.

          I stepped inside as it was open - it was very cosy and very warm inside. I could have well spent the night there (how weird it must be ... good for meditation I guess) - I imagined myself staying there until the next cruise ship came two days after - and staying there for another year in the case the zodiacs couldn't land!

          Some of the workers were there during the day as they were doing some works to prepare for the next supply ship call.
          They've got some very special decoration inside the hut and the toilets (I'm not sure I can post them on a forum


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            Then I resolved myselft to take a zodiac back to the ship in the evening (if we can say so), with a small cruise in front of nice cliffs.

            I have to admit that it was a very emotional moment for me, to be there as the fog was coming again, wrapping the cliffs.

            I had never been in the high arctic in the "summer time" and it was nice to see all the birds ..

            What an atmosphere (I have to admit I had tears in my eyes here ...)


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              You remarked that you had missed the few sunny days of the year on this visit, PanjiS, yet the scenes you have shown have a haunting quality that would be entirely missing in bright sunshine. The ruin of the old whalers' hut epitomises this, on a sunny day it would have been just a ramshackle hut on a beach, but in your photographs one's mind leaps to imagining the lives of those men in such an outpost, isolated from what we think of as normal life, perhaps thinking of their families at night after yet another day struggling against the adverse weather conditions to secure their quarry. The remains of their one-time temporary home speak softly, but they speak poignantly.
              Those last pictures at #20 are incredible, as if sculpted by man, particularly the second one with its stripes of sedimentary rock, as if laid down deliberately to form a pleasing pattern.

              "To thine own self be true.......
              Thou canst not then be false to any man."


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                I think you've got a point Ivy about seeing Jan Mayen in grey-and-foggy conditions as opposed to sunny. Sun is not the standard there.
                As far as I am concerned, my favourite is the last one in #20.

                A few last ones before getting back to the ship.

                A last view from the ship just before it becomes completely foggy again..

                And off we go to other destinations..


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                  I utterly agree that the weather was perfect for this place. That last image could not in any way have been better as a last view from the ship.


                    This one's unlocked!! Post away Yves!




                    • yvneac
                      yvneac commented
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                      Thank you Mark

                    I have just discovered this thread few hours ago.
                    WOW. It’s great, even more than great. You are very lucky having a call in this mythic island that tastes to be a “Grand Nulle Part”. You make us feel what is life on this rough and desolate land, which seems be lost in a cloud.
                    As Ombugge I dreamed a lot about Jan Mayen, maybe because it’s not a subject for literature as can be Greenland or the Great South. Without its Amundsen or Shackelton or Paul-Emile Victor this place is “off the Legend». That suits me.
                    Thank you so much for this nice moment nowhere PanjiS.

                    PS I think the birds in #12 are fulmars(fulmarus glacialis)


                      Hello Yves - I've just seen your post myself (I've been away from the forum for a while).

                      I'm glad you like the thread. I wish I had more photos to post. The visit has been too short of course. I often think of the few lucky people having such a special temporary experience living there ..

                      As the year is coming to and end (not quite but slowly coming), I have to admit that one of my best souvenir of 2013 was to have been there and enjoy a very quiet/calm (highly unusual weather considering) zodiac ride around the cliffs at Kvalrossbukta... When things go wrong, I try to close my eyes and picture myself being there ... Tears are coming, just like they did on that day in real life.

                      Thanks for the indication about fulmars (I am so bad at naming birds ...)

                      It is strange indeed that there are is so few literature about Jan Mayen indeed.
                      There are not even many modern books about it (they were selling one in the small shop at Olonkin city and I wish I had bought it...) There is a book by Rolf Stange, but unfortunately in German only, and I don't speak that language... There is an article in English by him in "Polar Essays of the arctic" though. In one of the photos the hut dating back from WW2 is in a much better condition that in the photo I've taken - a huge storm probably since then ... I also read the canons in Olonkin city are from the whalers' time by the way.


                      • yvneac
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                        Bonjour Valerie
                        If I remember well in his book "Damien I du Spitzberg au Cap Horn" Gérard Janichon write few pages about the call at Jan Mayen.This story of a trip in
                        the high latitudes aboard a sailing boat in 1969-1973 was a kind of classic book but I don't know if it was reedited.

                      Thank you Yves, I'm gonna see if I can fin this!


                        What a series of photographies...!!!
                        Why on Earth haven't I looked into this thread before...., WHY???
                        Thank you so much for sharing these with us, a great report from an outpost of Norway we only see on the news from time to time..., and then only viewed from a graveled runway with a C-130 parked upon.

                        What an atmosphere (I have to admit I had tears in my eyes here ...)
                        You know what...., soft as I am, I can feel the tears pressing on right now.
                        These images combined with Motzarts Requiem on Spotify is...., well...., try it out for yourselves :-)

                        What can I say 'PanjiS', other than thank you for taking me to Jan Mayen (which is actually not a deserted rock in the middle of the ocean. It's full of life).
                        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"