a nice photo opportunity
the southern point has some nasty outcroppings
the mountain to the right is called Urd, with 536 m the highest point of the island
, or Bjørnøya is located in the Barends Sea, roughly halfway between Svalbard and the Norwegian mainland.
has been used for whaling, hunting, fishing and mining, none of them resulting in enduring settlements.
staff mans the meteorological station Herwighamna, but the rest of the island is left to the zillions of birds, resident
arctic foxes and the occasional polar bear.
Worldwar II the area saw heavy fighting because the Germans tried to stop the allied Arctic Convoys
delivering goods and
war material to Murmansk.
Allistair MacLean used his own arctic convoy experience to write his debut novel HMS Ulysses. His book
Bear Island describes the adventures of a film crew on Bjørnøya.
Most of the year the island is shrouded in fog and clouds, but
luckily for us not on June 19 2013. When we sailed by the weather cleared and we even got plenty of
there is a beach but how do you go up?
nothing to see there, Norway is still hundreds of kilometers away
in the morning we have our first sight of the east coast of Bear Island with a heavy overcast sky
but when we come nearer, the weather gets better
a treacherous bunch indeed
the south coast seems even more rugged
those white specs are birds
the rich fishgrounds around the island attrack the russian vessel Frio Murmansk