Alkefjellet, Faksevågen, Isrundigen, Bjørnsundet

May 20, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

We’ve spent the early morning observing birds in the strait of Hinlopen. Then our morning landing was cancelled due to a bear ashore, walking exactly where we had intended to land. Instead, we’ve been proceeding further north for a walk ashore on a lateral moraine covered by snow. We’ve seen the polar desert, beautiful minerals, and fox tracks. During the afternoon, we went on a wildlife watch in the area of Bjørnsundet spotted many “pixel bears” through our scopes and binoculars. Some walruses were also hauling on some ice floes.

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Jonathan Zaccaria

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At age 24 Jonathan had his first experience in Antarctica as a scientist at the coastal French Dumont d'Urville Station. Located on the windiest place on Earth (regularly around 200km/h, maximum up to 320 km/h), and bounded by sea ice eight months a year, this is the closest station to an Emperor penguin colony, worldwide advertised by the documentary movie The March of the Penguins. During his time there, he was taking measurements of the ozone layer and UV rate.

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