Western Spitsbergen

May 31, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning, we found some sunshine and settled weather inside Forlandsund, a long, narrow bay that separates the mainland of Spitsbergen and the island of Prins Karls Fordland. Not quite half way up from the southern tip is a small point known as Poolepynten, which is a known haul-out for walrus. In small groups, we slowly approached the haul-out so everyone could get close-up views of walrus after a short walk from the landing. In the afternoon, we found some stunning scenery inside St. Jonsfjord, and many guests took advantage of the fine afternoon weather to partake in a variety of hikes and photo walks.

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Doug Gould

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Travel and adventure were an integral part of Doug’s upbringing in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Growing up on the Great South Bay, his family claims Doug learned to sail before he learned to walk. Whether it was camping, sailing, birding, traveling across country or spending most of fifth grade living in Europe, Doug’s formative years left him with a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a desire to keep moving. 

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