Storfjorden, East Spitsbergen

Jun 21, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

Today we had a true expedition day in Storfjorden! The only thing we knew was that we were going to spend all day in the fjord, scouting for wildlife—no plan or timetable, a blank daily program. And it paid off! The day began with us spotting a polar bear walking along the shoreline. Then we headed out on Zodiac cruise and kayak explorations of the fjord. But the surprises were not over—just before recap, it was polar plunge time!

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Stefano Pozzi


Stefano is originally from Italy and nature has always been the greatest of his passions. Spending time outdoors is his daily priority with a special devotion rock climbing during summer, accompanied by ski and snowboarding during winter.

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Ashley Karitis

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Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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