Richard Louv

Recipient of the Audubon Medal

Author of the National Bestseller Last Child in the Woods

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With the Ice Bears

In July, as an onboard lecturer with Lindblad Expeditions on the National Geographic Explorer,  I received, as did my wife Kathy, a great gift of nature. The kind of experience that one fully appreciates only after coming home. How many people today, by luck and privilege, are able to reach the very edge of the polar ice cap? How many in history? (We were far north of indigenous populations.) Here are a few words I posted about the trip:

Midnight snow in driving wind and intimate fog. The ship moves through a portion of Hinlopen Strait, which runs about 110 miles northwest to southeast. On the morning deck, the hardier souls look upward at one of Svalbard’s largest concentrations of nesting seabirds. Here, at Kapp Fanshawe on the high cliffs of Alkefjellet, the sheer walls of dolerite are alive. The climate is high Arctic, snow turning to sleet, ice forming on the beard of the Zodiac driver. At Torelneset we hike across gravel and tundra and the sky grows larger. The island and sky and water are so broad and grey that our eyes lose perspective. Here, giant features can seem small; the tiniest flowers, Arctic buttercups, loom large. Lindblad naturalist Elise Lockton points to the bones of whales and walruses, remnants of past lives having ridden rock upward for tens of thousands of years. The ancient past seems casually present.... 

Some photos I took during this amazing experience, with, well, my pocket camera.... 

We were approximately 600 miles from the North Pole. These photos show the edge of the polar ice cap, an iceberg, one of many polar bears, a human grave several hundred years old (a trapper), and other scenes. Photos copyright Richard Louv 2011 More words about the trip.

 

 

 

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Comments

Loved it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Thanks for sharing such once in a lifetime experience for most of us. That adventure is surely awe-inspiring!

It must be great to visit the place…I love ice bears!

So fabulous pics! Looks so stunning! Anyway I love bears and it’s really great experience until I can’t visit yet. Thanks for the nice view! smile

Great article and incredible pictures, looks like a truly once in a lifetime trip. I am envious

What an amazing experience. It’s hard to think about the size of the polar ice caps, as you were far away from indigenous populations, but still 600 miles from the Pole! What a wide expanse of winter wonderland there is to roam. I’m so glad you took some pictures of the experience.

I’m a habitual picture taker and love showing them to friends and loved ones. I’m currently looking for one from my latest trip to use on our family Christmas Card. I’ve never done that before, but hear that you can on sites such as [url=http://www.mixbook.com]http://www.mixbook.com[/url]. So I will see what I can find. Anyway, I wish I had the picture of that Polar Bear to use! I could totally see it on a greeting card!

Sounds like an amazing trip. Would love to visit the arctic north some day. I love tundra and arctic animals such as snowy owls, arctic wolves etc and really appreciate your blog. Jenn.

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