Many were looking forward to do a longer hike today at Kapp Lee, Edgeøya. But as the landing was about to start a "yellow moving rock" was spotted from the bridge. A polar bear had decided to do our hike and we stayed safely down at the beach together with the walruses. Edgeøya and Barentsøya have a long history, the independent whalers did their hunting in this area in the 1600. The whalers that did not belong to a big company were not welcome on the other parts of Spitsbergen. The Pomors (the Russian trappers) were the first that started with land based trapping and one can find old trapping stations many places on the Island. Norwegian later learned the trapping tradition from the Pomors and there are still today active Norwegian trappers.
Monday, 19 August 2013
Polar bear hike
Photograph(s) by: Dominic Barrington (Riversdale7)