Svalbard High Arctic Archipelago 78 to 80 North - 3 to 13 July 2007

Three pages of photos. Scroll down for 8 photos then go to Svalbard 2.

Svalbard is a group of remote islands in the Norwegian High Arctic, far north of mainland Europe. Spitsbergen is the largest island in the archipelago. About 60% of Svalbard is nature reserve. Some highlights of our 11 day cruise: Polar Bears, Svalbard Reindeer, Arctic Foxes, Walruses, Minke, Beluga and Humpback Whales, seals, Ivory Gulls, Atlantic Puffins, Thick-billed Murres (Brunnich's Guillemots), Black Guillemots, 100,000 Dovekies (Little Auks), Great Skua, Arctic Terns, and a profusion of Arctic wildflowers. I thank Barry Griffiths of Quest Nature Tours for inviting me to lead Quest's expedition cruise to Svalbard aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

 

Endemic Svalbard Reindeer Rangifer tarandus playrhynchus is the smallest caribou in the world. Polish Research Station at Isbjornhamner. 4 July 2007.

 

Arctic Fox eating Barnacle Goose chick at Ny-Alesund on 12 July 2007

 

Walruses at Poolepynten on 9 July 2007.

Walrus at Poolepynten on 9 July 2007.

 

Polar Bear at Worsleyneset on 11 July 2007.

 

Black Guillemots at Isbukta on 5 July 2007.

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