June 15, 2013
the night, we cruised southward and entered Bellsund, one of the
larger fjords indenting Spitsbergen. We landed on a beach where
there were remains of an old whaling station. Piles of bones from
the beluga whales that were hunted almost to extinction littered
the beach. A couple old cabins still stood. We
hiked up the hills around the bay but it was not a fun hike. The
wind was biting and strong and the tundra very soggy. At times it
felt like it was going to suck the boots right off our feet.
After the hike, we cruised out of the fjord looking for the remains
of shorefast ice where we might see more polar bears and seals.
A few seals were spotted in the distance lying on the ice but no
bears. But the scenery was beautiful.
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