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    Re: This is the Arctic

    Apologies for my previous reply #476 popping up after you had started posting more photos!
    You're welcome. Please do pop-up

    Reflection in #478-1 is probably my best picture of the trip If I have to rate them ...
    Mmmm - due to poor quality of picture, the halo is not very visible ... - I should have posted another one -maybe tomorrow!
    Thanks for clarifying earlier what types of craft objects can be found. Maybe I'll have more shopping opportunities if I go to West Greenland sometime...
    Last edited by PanjiS; November 12th, 2012, 23:08.

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      Re: This is the Arctic

      Let's continue with zodiac cruising.

      Our ship


      In these pictures you can see the iceberg presented in #479-2





      In a way I was glad it was cloudy that day as the colors of the icebergs can be more real than when there is too much sunshine.
      Last edited by PanjiS; December 1st, 2012, 19:19.

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        This is magical PanjiS.
        I can't really find the words but I think I understand how you felt.

        During my Fram trip to Antarctica, the on-board photographer told us that we whould learn to love the grey days. And as you say, the colors of the ice on a grey day... How can you not fall in love?
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          Wonderful scenery - the icebergs are one beautiful motif on both sides of the cold earth... top and bottom.

          They make wonderful motifs.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            Thanks Sarnia and Pakarang.
            I agree: how not to fall in love ?

            Here is another beautiful and peaceful place in Scoresbysund fjord system:



            Last edited by PanjiS; December 1st, 2012, 19:20.

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              Look at the water in these two great photos!

              It's literally like a mirror... that is amazing, and what a wonderful view... imagine the atmosphere at this location: so far away from technology and city-noises.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                Yes, it was quite something. Actually, I'm still in a bit of a difficulty to cope with noise noise after this trip ... It had never done that effect to me before (on the last trip it lasted a couple of days only, but this time it's been weeks!).

                The only thing I regret is that being in groups for landings, I sometimes found myself with unlike-minded travellers who were having discussions instead of enjoying the moments and it was not possible to get away from the group, as in East Greenland there is always the danger of polar bears ...

                Here are other photos of what we found at this landing site.

                Extremely soft furry material (I realize I'm not sure what animal it comes from. I can't really see something other than musk ox, but it does not really look like it -> any knitting specialist in the audience ??!)



                An arctic hare ... it took me too long to take the picture. He was looking at us a few seconds before ... They are quite big and have nice ears. We had been in the middle of ice for two days and it was exciting to see a bit of wildlife.

                Last edited by PanjiS; December 1st, 2012, 19:20.

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                  Re: This is the Arctic

                  I realize I did not post many morning or evening lights ... Here are a few ones.

                  Evenings







                  Morning
                  Last edited by PanjiS; December 1st, 2012, 19:31.

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                    Re: This is the Arctic

                    It seems wrong to single out any one picture - yet I must. That last one is incredible. Had I been there I certainly would not have wanted anyone to speak for a long, long time while I just lost myself in the wonder and glory of the scene before me..
                    Ivy

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

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                      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Ivy. I agree with the "no speaking" please... But I found that the few people up on deck there are seeking the same thing more or less, fortunately. The shock for me was when I was going back to the busy dining room afterwards (maybe that's what I did not like about that ship - maybe Fram is better in this way ?). I wish I had woken up even earlier to see the sunrise and see it from the beginning. But I had stayed up on deck so late (or rather so early - about 3am) for northern lights ... Too many lights to see ... what a life!

                      Maybe you would also like this one - an early sunrise in Svalbard early September (one of the first sunrises after the midnight sun period).
                      Last edited by PanjiS; November 14th, 2012, 23:28.

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                        Yes, I do. The golden light makes the sun seems so enormous, as if seen from a planet much nearer than we are.
                        I don't know what you think of this one - on the other side of the earth, but a magical moment in an area so remote and self-contained, a world which completely absorbed me.
                        Ivy

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

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                          on the other side of the earth, but a magical moment in an area so remote and self-contained
                          Very soft colors on the vegetation, I like it. I don't know why, I imagine the nice smell besides the quietness. I have to read this thread in more detail! Thanks for sharing.

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                            Re: This is the Arctic

                            Well, the journey is nearly over. As I said earlier, at one point we were stuck by ice and the ship had to go all the way round by night to come near the entrance of the Scoresbysund fjord system.

                            At Denmark island, we found remnants of human presence again.

                            I think this is a Danish obervation hut used during WW2 (Hekla Havn).

                            There were also remnants of a Thule settlement at this site.

                            Then in the afternoon, a final ship cruise in Vikingbukt (Viking Bay). The sky was cloudy as if it was time to say goodbye. It seemed a long time since we had "landed" in East Greenland, probably as we took our time there because of the change in itinerary. In a way that was good.





                            There was much ice here, under different forms. I was trying to imagine the setting a few days or weeks later after we would have left. Back in France, I heard and saw on maps that the ice came back again very early a few days afterwards..

                            Here, pancake ice beginning to form.



                            I waited till the very end of the fjord, till I did not hear any ice crushing below the ship anymore to finally come to the daily recap ...

                            Maybe I'll post another photo or two again as it is difficult to end the journey like that!! So see you a bit later...
                            Last edited by PanjiS; December 1st, 2012, 19:22.

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                              Well, maybe a final photo to say goodbye, as said earlier.



                              And a last beautiful little berg


                              Below you will find a timelapse made by a passenger on board. Thanks to him for this nice job! I was so glad the things we saw and size of ice were becoming bigger as time was passing by. It is better this way than the other way round!

                              http://vimeo.com/51433741
                              Last edited by PanjiS; December 1st, 2012, 19:22. Reason: add other photo!

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                                Re: This is the Arctic

                                PanjiS, this is a beautiful thread, thank you so much. You need have no doubts about the way you have ended your account - it is perfect, coming to a crescendo and then your final "beautiful little berg".
                                That Vimeo was also excellent. I particularly loved the part right near the end when the vessel was obviously "feeling" its way through the increasing ice. At first there was one passenger by his/herself right at the tip of the bow and so obviously darting from side to side in excitement and several times leaning over the side to see the ice below the water surface. Then gradually more people came, and more until I could feel their wonder and delight at what they were seeing.
                                Thank you again, PanjiS.
                                Ivy

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

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