Bellsund, Svalbard

Jun 01, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

It turned out to be a great day for wildlife. Despite a strong easterly wind, we managed to go ashore at Forsbladodden. This little peninsula is located within Bellsund, which constitutes the outer part of two fjords, Van Keulenfjord and Van Mijenfjord. Bellsund is renowned for its rich wildlife, and we spent the whole day in the area.

In the late afternoon, naturalist Ella Potts shared her knowledge of big marine mammals in her presentation titled “The Secrets of Whales.” After dinner National Geographic photographer Jeff Mauritzen gave a presentation on “Creative and Technical Advice for the Outdoor Photographer.” Later, we headed back to the ice on the east side of Spitsbergen.

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Carl Erik Kilander


Carl was born in Norway and received a master’s degree in forestry and nature conservation from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 1973. His professional experience is mainly connected to environmental issues and natural resource management on the Norway mainland and in Svalbard. A major part of his professional experience comprises planning and management of protected areas, particularly in the southern parts of Norway and Svalbard. During the period 1999-2001 Carl was Head of the Environmental Department at the Governor of Svalbard´s office. He has also been District Manager (southwestern Norway) followed by the position of Senior Environmental Adviser at the Norwegian State Forest Service.

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