Lost In The Vastness!


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Polar bear looks tiny in this landscape in the vastness of the wild arctic sea far north. At 83 degrees we have seen this polar bear having a nap on an iceberg. The vastness of the Arctic nature is extraordinary, the light is to dream off. This was such a great experience to be so far north, in the middle of the Arctic sea, surrounded by ice, somewhere in nowhere!

While searching for polar bears in the vastness of the pack ice, we had to drive far north of Svalbard to 82-83 degrees. The pack ice had declined very far in summer 2013. The drive from the northern Svalbard Archipelago took more than 15 hours.

We came across this polar bear napping on an iceberg on our search in the pack ice. He of course woke up with the boat drifting through the ice, making all sorts of low metal noise. Eventually he woke up, very curious coming closer and closer to our boat to check us out. Seeing this polar bear in the vastness of the pack-ice far north was extraordinary and I couldn't help wondering what the bears will do when the pack ice declines further and further north?

Polar bears spend most of their time on ice to hunt seals. They are very good swimmers. Polar bears are listed as a vulnerable species in the IUCN list.
Anette Mossbacher
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