The Dragon Wagon

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Into the Ice!

Early on June 6th we finally reach the archipelago of Svalbard.  This large group of islands is well above the arctic circle and the sun does not set for about four months during the summer.


One of our first views of the southern end of Svalbard.



Soon we were sailing into the pack ice off the south-eastern edge of Svalbard.





A group of seals swimming in the pack ice.  This was a good sign, since seals are the primary prey of the polar bears.



Lots of seals.



We headed back into open water and sailed around the southern end of Svalbard to get to the western side.
Here are several images that try to convey the majesty of the that scenery.












Polar Bear Tracks!!!


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