Thursday, 25 August 2011

Arizona In The High Arctic!

(Continuing my day-by-day Arctic tour with Hurtigruten)

Our final day with Hurtigruten in Spitsbergen. The afternoon saw us landing on Skanssebukin with its huge cliffs that look as if they have been plucked from Arizona and dropped here in the high Arctic.

Dunlin and Purple sandpiper foraged in the rocks whilst Little Auks and Puffins were flying back with bills full of fish. At one point, I witnessed an Arctic Skua chasing a puffin low across the water with the latter finally resorting to splashing into the water, still keeping its fish whilst the Skua shot overhead and flew off.

A fabulous week of contrasts, breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife. Do go. you'll never regret it.

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