Last week, Ecotroll was lifted up on the deck of the supply ship of the Royal
Arctic Line, while in the village, very expected containers were received one
by one. Repair was quick, thanks to Arina Arctica's crew, and sailing along
Liverpool Land could carry on...
Again, our boat is at anchor in front of Ittoqqortoormiit. The three
ornithologists, and all their equipment, left the little auk colony with us
this morning. A polar bear was looking at us from a distance, as if he was
ready to recover his lost ground... The day before, we celebrated David's
birthday around a fire made from drifted wood (from Siberia), enjoyed a home
made sauna (and a short dive in the frozen sea!), and watched once more
thousands of little penguins flying together.
Before picking up the scientists, we discover great beaches at Rathbone
Island, and their coy fox. Then Ecotroll found her way between many icebergs
gathered in fjord Vejle, near glacier Bjerring Pedersens. Some remains of pack
ice were also expecting us, reminding us nicely ice breaking up periods in
Svalbard, every year around mid-July. A polar bear was in ambush, lying on the
ice, trying to catch one of the many seals, all more foolhardy than near the
Tomorrow, with Patrice and his crew, we should sail towards the end of the
huge Scoresby fjord.