Land of the Ice Bears: Expedition to Arctic Svalbard

This blog chronicles my expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Arctic Svalbard. This opportunity was made possible through the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. The program is a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. The program is named in honor of Gilber Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society and Education Foundation Board. The goal of the program is to advance geographic literacy by engaging K-12 educators in field-based experiences that will be reflected in their teaching practice and shared with their professional and community networks

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow!! Ice As Far As The Eye Can See

June 25th Pack Ice/Austfonna Ice Cap
                 

This morning we were gently awoken from our slumber
 by the smooth and silky voice of Stephanie at 0430. We raced to get warm clothes on, cameras and binoculars, in order to see the swimming polar bear.                














Bearded Seal
Later during the day we saw other wildlife such as a bearded seal and a walrus. Kittiwakes were keeping us company along  our cruise through the pack ice.
Walrus on ice



           Kittiwakes in flight            









video



After dinner we cruised alongside the glacial face of Bråsvellbreen, part of the Austfonna icecap. This icecap is the third largest in the world, and we cruised along several miles of the sheer face, with the captain taking the ship very close for awesome photographic opportunities.










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