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Why You Shouldn't Come Close To The Glacier

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • April 7th, 2016

Esmark Glacier is a gigantic mountain of thick ice, stretching for about 9 miles (15 km), bringing the to Ymerbukta. When the glacier meets the water, the ice becomes covered with crevasses. Chunks of ice fall down into the water and begin to drift with the wind and the current, which is typical for the summer season in 

Svalbard

. That is why there are restrictions in the archipelago when traveling by boat. You must stay at least 656 feet (200 meters) away from anywhere where there is a risk that chunks of ice will spontaneously break off for one simple reason . . .

Esmark glacier, as well as Cape Festinger, can be seen from 

Barentsburg

. Only the way there takes a lot longer. Like an optical illusions of when distant objects seem closer than the are. We sailed for an hour:

We were lucky with the weather. The whole day the sun was shining and there were no clouds in the sky. Near the glacier we met the tourist ship "Polar Girl":

And another tourist boat from 

Longyearbyen

:

Small boats don't sail close to the glacier. In case ice collapses, causing large waves that can overturn the boat. Large ships are stable and not afraid to get closer:

If you cut the engine and listen, you can hear the creaking and crackling sounds from the depths of the glacier - it is the deformation of the thickness of the ice. Here, a piece once broke away and formed the semblance of an ice cave. It looks exciting:

This blue ice is not Photoshop, it's the real color. The structure of the ice crystals is such that only the blue part of the spectrum is reflected in them:

Despite the apparent closeness, we are significantly far away from the danger zone:

Tourists from Longyearbyen watched a seal on an ice floe:

I didn't manage to take a picture of the seal because the Norwegians scared it away:

It wasn't interesting to only photograph glaciers so I was very happy when the ship turned around and passed the frozen lumps. I took two hundred beautiful shots of this scene, and count your lucky stars I haven't included them all :)

And then suddenly a black ship appeared! Such luck!

This is also a tourist boat from Longyearbyen. It is called Langesund:

At some point, the boats went towards each other:

And here is the photographic culmination of our trip: mountain, glacier, ships and people. Everything in one shot!

By the way, when we were about to leave, a piece of ice fell down. A big wave rose up but, fortunately, we were at a safe distance. Look carefully and try to find the wave:

In the next story I will tell you about the Isfjord Radio!
Author: Sergeydolya
Source: sergeydolya.livejournal.com

Translated by: Gian Luka

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