Hundreds of icebergs !

Published on 05.05.2009 - Hubert at the Humboldt

The two men have reached sea level. In front of them, many seal holes and hundreds of icebergs but unfortunately no bears.

Their position yesterday : 79° 09' 21" N / 66° 28' 22" W.

From Larry Hunt's blog: "We proceeded on the river bed all the way to the fjord, happy to be back at sea level. We came across massive areas of erosion, proving once again that more and more icemelt flows down to the ocean every summer. Once we had reached the fjord and found ourselves on the sea ice, we saw numerous little black dots scattered far away on the sea ice. As we got closer, they started wiggling but eventually disappeared as if they were sucked into the ocean. They turned out te be seals sunbathing next to a hole that they had made with great effort through 4 ft of ice. Each of them holds on to their personal hole as if it were their week-end house. This is also where the polar bear waits for them endlessly.

"Throughout the day, we came across several fresh bear tracks without the good fortune of seeing the great emperor of the Arctic itself. We reached our final destination in front of the magnificient Humboldt glacier. It is about 100km wide and 300ft high before it starts to dismantle itself into hundreds of icebergs in the ocean. WOW!

"We will investigate tomorrow with our Spanish friends accompanied by Ramon Larramendi who it is we will meet here tonight. It is supposed to be a TV crew who has spent the last 2 weeks with hunters from Qaanaak on dogsleds filming some kind of adventure show. We have teamed up to charter a plane to pick us up from here in 2 days."

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