Sunday, 5 September 2010
I just returned from an amazing trip to the Arctic. It was a boat cruise with M/S Stockholm, organized by my good friend and collegue Ole Jørgen Liodden. We arrived a couple of days early in Longyearbyen and spent the first two days photographing the arctic landscape and wildlife in autumn colours. Finding wildlife in this area might seem easy in the summer, but we had to struggle to get what we wanted. In the end however, I was quit pleased with some images of Arctic Fox, Svalbard Ptarmigan, Arctic Skua and the some landscape shots.
Of course the big question always is; "did you see any Polar Bears?" - YES!
During our 7 day trip we saw an amazing 17 Polar Bears, and several of them were very approachable. At an old whale carcass we had five bears at the same time, showing all sorts of stunning behaviour. We got diving bears, feeding bears, hunting bears and a lot more. We even saw behaviour previously not recorded when a bear attacked a Gull on the water by diving underneath it. More on this later!
Meanwhile I will share some shots with you showing some of the bears we met. Hope you enjoy them.