Thread the Needle

After our long hike and hanging out with walrus our ship continued its inevitable journey back down south. We passed through a narrow strait between the eastern edge of Spitzbergen and Barentsøya. Though the hour was late and the midnight sun of the Arctic cascaded down on the landscape in an enchanting way. Snowcapped peaks glistened in the cloud-muted light, small icebergs of deep blue drifted by, birds glided by the boat. I enjoyed the view with the crew and fellow travelers, sipped tea and nibbled on some cookies as we soaked it all in.

One of our naturalists, Elaine, points to polar bear tracks in the distance.

One of our naturalists, Elaine, points to polar bear tracks in the distance.

Though the sun never set the entire time I was on the ship we would occasionally, late in the evening and if clouds were about, be treated to some of the most remarkable light I have ever seen.

Though the sun never set the entire time I was on the ship we would occasionally, late in the evening and if clouds were about, be treated to some of the most remarkable light I have ever seen.

A small blue iceberg drifts past the ship.

A small blue iceberg drifts past the ship.

Eventually most folks went to bed, but I stayed up. From atop the ship, I looked out over this seascape and just breathed. This place, so remote and unknown to most of the world, is vast and breathtaking.

As low as the sun got.

As low as the sun got.

Blues, browns, greys, and whites fill the eye.

Blues, browns, greys, and whites fill the eye.

Light and water and cloud and rock.

Light and water and cloud and rock.

A bird glides in front of the boat in the midnight light.

A bird glides in front of the boat in the midnight light.

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