- Created: Thursday, 03 September 2015 01:20
- Written by Blog Admin 1
Tuesday 2015-09-01 evening
This afternoon, we were treated to some of the most stunning landscapes available on planet Earth. The sun emerged from a thick layer of clouds just before we all boarded the zodiacs revealing a polar bear swimming in the distance. Our day star cast its warmth and light on the glacier and icebergs we were about to explore, highlighting their stark yet whimsical character. The icebergs, which are so luminous as to seem they were glowing from an internal energy source, were scattered across the waters of Palanderbukta. We were so astounded by the incredible natural beauty of this particular area that it took us a few moments to realize that there was a group of walruses frolicking in the water not far in front of us. First there were five, then seven, then ten young walruses all poking their heads out of the water and behaving the way dolphins do when they spy hop. It was exciting to see these big marine mammals bobbing up and down in the water checking us out and enjoying their afternoon as much as we were.
Some zodiacs stayed on the water for a couple hours cruising next to the glacier, and others made land so Elysium members could disembark and explore. This landing in Palanderbukta could not have been more rewarding for photographers if we had designed the place ourselves. We anchored on a rocky beach made up of stones created by glaciers and polished by an unforgiving sea and punctuated by ice chunks of every shape and size that looked as if they have been forged from glass. From wide angle to macro, this location provided gorgeous images for absolutely everyone. If it had not been for the encroaching cold and sharp wind, we probably would have stayed there for days.
These few hours we spent on sea and land will forever be ingrained into our collective memories and will serve to remind us of the incredible beauty that envelops the top of our blue planet.
Distant swimming polar bear, photo credit: James Stone
Lanscapes of Palanderbukta, photo credit: Alex Rose
Reindeer, photo credit: Wendy McIlroy