Svalbard Day 2: Tinayrebreen & Lilliehöökbreen

by | Jun 21, 2022 | June 2022: Svalbard, Norway, Svalbard, Way Way Off the Beaten Path | 0 comments

 

 

After breakfast and another safety briefing on the ship, we fitted ourselves with our musk boots for the week before one more separate orientation for kayakers. They love their orientations on this trip.

 

 

After lunch we continued our course to Krossfjord, which is dominated by middle Proterozoic metamorphic rocks which date to over one billion years old.

 

 

Although many of us were eager to make our first landing for the trip, high gusts prevented us from disembarking; we instead had to admire Camp Zoe at Tinayrebreen from afar.

 

 

I decided to get a workout session in with whatever safe version of a steady floor or pull up “bar” I could find.

 

 

By 4pm however, our fortunes had changed and we were able to disembark for a 2 hour hike here. Load up the zodiacs!

 

 

We landed without issue:

 

 

Crossing streams and trying to stay single-file, we hiked as far as up to the receding glacier there.

 

 

As tiring as things can get, the views around you will distract you from the efforts it takes to get to where you want to go.

 

 

The view of the harbor from up top:

 

 

Mihaela got some good photos of me here.

 

 

After about 2 hours, we then hiked back to the ship for a much needed dinner . . .

 

 

. . . and learning how to be better blackjack players.

 

 

By 9pm our ship began to approach Lilliehöökbreen, a glacier staring right at us underneath the Arctic solstice sun.

 

 

So much for going to bed early (but I did anyway).

 

- At time of posting in Tinayrebreen, it was 3 °C - Humidity: 87% | Wind Speed: 6km/hr | Cloud Cover: cloudy

 

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