Just returned from, yet another, summer on Svalbard. Back in the boiling heat of Oslo and looking at my pictures to figure out which one best describes Svalbard these days. It’s not a polar bear picture, but a glacier picture. Or rather the lack-of-a-glacier picture.… Read More »Where did all the ice go?
There has been plenty of talk in the media lately about how you can use AI to cheat at school, university, work…In that sense here is another one: Using AI technology to save us from crawling through nasty submerged caves under glaciers. Spoiler: Still a… Read More »Using AI to map glacier caves
2.5 weeks to get from Germany up to Tromsø. A slightly bumpy ride over the open sea in the first couple of days, but then almost two weeks of unbelievably good weather along the Norwegian coast. Bergen in sunshine, Northern lights at night, full moon,… Read More »Back from Norwegian coast tour
You know that you are in an exciting place when the nautical officers curse you already before breakfast. Navigating in swell between shallow reefs to get to the anchorage surrounded by cliffs is no easy feast. Good to have an experienced nautical team when the… Read More »Lost places in Lofoten
Back in calmer waters after a bumpy ride through Kattegat and Skagerrak. Quite a few sick bags filled with passengers and crew struggling in the rolling ship. Good to be back in calmer waters again with the Norwegian coast in sight.
Exactly one year ago I had to learn how fast life can change from one moment to the other. Pretending to be a geologist on a glacier, by close-up investigation of a rock at full impact speed, followed by helicopter pick-up, medical evacuation by ambulance… Read More »Sailing into the storm – 1 year after the accident
Back from another great contract in the Southern Ocean. Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands and Patagonia. Wild and remote places, challenging conditions, beautiful lights, great wildlife and fantastic colleagues. Not to forget plenty of ice. I’m quite thankful for the last couple of weeks. Now… Read More »End of the Antarctic season
The last two days, as we started to make our way from Antarctica to South Georgia, have been rather whale-rich. Two pig pods of fin whales with probably a couple hundred animals feeding close to the surface. To top it all, we got a spectacular… Read More »A rare encounter – Southern Right Whales
Late season Antarctica has plenty to offer. Lots of wind with rough conditions, shorter days with magical sunsets and finally most of the smelly penguins have left and stopped spoiling the beautiful pristine ice. What else could one wish for?