I'm not surprised when people ask why I keep returning to the Arctic, but if they could see the dramatic landscapes for themselves, they'd never be asking.
Winter in the Arctic is indeed harsh, don't touch frozen machinery without gloves on and of course the decks are slippery
But look at the view over those ice covered rails
Sometimes cloud shrouded, sometimes in bright sun
But always striking in its majesty
Wind and blowing snow and clouds add an element of drama
The deep blue of the glaciers never ceases to amaze, but they are for sure getting smaller rapidly
If you're not careful you can lose yourself in the view, but you should notice the polar bear walking across the glacier even if he pretends he doesn't notice you
Most people think the ice on the Arctic seas is all the same, but in fact it can be quite different. Clearly this is pancake ice.
Not quite the same, but this too would be called pancake ice
Not so here. As it gets colder and the ice thickens pancake is clearly not the right word
Walrus and polar bear are the two major animals present in the winter
Both sometimes are very shy, but other times allow you to get closer
And even closer still, despite the blowing snow and the cold
I don't think I can say he was happy to see us.
This group sunbathing with dark colored youngsters paid us no mind as long as we didn't approach more closely
It's always a pleasure to spot a polar bear who appears to be heading your way
(as long as you're safe on the ship that is)!
Sometimes they give us wide birth and are just a small dot in the view finder
But other times they are curious and come closer
Is he just wondering what we are, or if we are a source of dinner
He clearly wanted to get a better look before he said goodbye
It was a great ending to our last day this trip