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Polar Fauna Of Spitsbergen

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • April 7th, 2016
During my time visiting


I lost 4 lbs (2 kilograms). Moreover, it happened easily and without me noticing! We didn't starve - on the contrary, we ate a lot of good food. However, we were always going somewhere, and, as a rule, we usually went uphill.  The ascents were easy, both girls and teens from our company easily overcame them. Altogether this trip, for me, was ideal in terms of a balance between physical activity and comfort. And above all - we were not in a rush. Outside was a polar day, and the most popular joke was: "Do not hurry - you have time before dark".
A few words about the fauna of Spitsbergen. Archipelago has seven national parks and many animals can be found right in town - deer, belugas, and polar foxes. Svalbard's hallmark are aggressive terns, that defend their territory by nose-diving on passersby. It's harder to see polar bears and walruses: in the summer they stay in the northern part of the archipelago, and in the winter they migrate to the south. However, we got lucky...

It was our last day in 


. That morning, we took a walk through the neighborhood:

We climbed the mountains and left the Russian town behind us:

This was our group - a guide and three girls:

At the highest point there are antennas and transmitters for communication with the mainland:

This is a good place to launch the copter:

On the other side of the fjord you can see white "blankets" of glaciers. Bryde's Creek is situated right there:

This is a view of Barentsburg:

And this is the center of the town. Two colorful houses in the foreground are residential. There is also a sports complex, hospital, etc.:

Our girls were admiring the view of the fjord, while we were doing push-ups:

When we were leaving, a cute walrus climbed out on shore and began to pose for the camera:

It was not afraid of people at all, rather we were scared of this enormous animal so we did not get too close: 

When he got tired from turning his head, the walrus laid down and we went to board the boat:

We headed for 



Just look at these incredibly beautiful clouds. Slowly, like a dense mass, they fell through the ridge and spread out over the slopes:

And we met several birds along the way. Gulls constantly accompanied us on the water and circled near the boat:

And we saw puffins:

There are many varieties of puffins but they all have black and white plumage, large beaks and short wings that are adapted for swimming. By the way, these birds have a very fast wing-beat frequency - about 400 per minute:

We also saw seals over the side of the boat:

The farewell look at Barentsburg. In the next article we will go to the abandoned village of Pyramiden.
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com

Translated by: Gian Luka

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