Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:04
I have returned.
Hope you are all well, as it is unlikely I will read back.
Trip was amazing, sat on top of the world. Having a barbecue in the midnight sun at 81 degrees North, when we were apparently the most Northerly people on the planet, was wonderful.
The Arctic is strange and very beautiful. Amazing mountains, glaciers, icebergs and wildlife. This year the sea has remained frozen much further South than normal, which was beautiful, but made the research much harder.
Wild life seen included: Polar Bears, Walrusses, 3 types of Whales, Reindeer, seals, Artic Foxes and many species of birds. My personal favourite was a Fin Whale [ the second largest creature on the planet ] close to the inflatable when we were trying to locate some Belugas. Sods law being on a roughish sea, I did not have camera.
One medical drama, colleague fell into crevasse and badly cut leg, 12 stitches required and performed on the glacier, surrounded by men with guns, in case smell of blood attracted the Bears.
I hope to post photos when I have sorted them out.
I am very happy to post more details of trip, but am also aware that it is easy to become a bore about holidays.