挪威夏季北極生態探險之旅行前(Before Svalbard Photo Expedition summer 2016#2)


 經去年再度前往挪威的北極地區Svalbard巡訪及拍攝北極生態(特別是北極熊)後(詳細請參照本站:挪威北極熊尋覓歸來噗文),感覺仍無法感受到和北極野生動物的近距離觀察及拍攝,

After the cruise of the travel to Svalbard last year for the photography of the wildlife in the Polar area (see my pose of “Come back from Svalbard”), the feeling of how to get closer to watch the Polar landscape and wildlife is getting stronger,

因此回來後思考是否再次參加一個較小的旅遊攝影團體以便能更有機會達成以上的想法,於是在網站上找尋一個是由當地攝影師Svein Wik召集的10人以內攝影團,乘坐小型船隻,他的網“Arcticwildlifetours.com”,由於以往2次都是參加有相當人數和規模的北極探險團體,因此心裡難免有些風險的掙扎,但鑑於每個型式的探險活動都有其各自的優缺點,未嘗試以前的患得患失心理是自然須克服的,由於已非首次到北極探訪,且挪威的Svalbard地區的確是有吸引我再次嘗試的地方,因此再次收拾行囊及攝影器材再走一趟這個似已熟悉但又默陌生的Svalbard。

finally a decision to make that I should go again, there are more chances with a small group which specially organized for photography purpose should be my choice for this year, I found a website the “Arcticwildlifetours.com” owned by Svein Wik , their Svalbard tour in the Summer meets my thoughts, although I couldn’t make sure until I am there, but with a group of 10 people and a sail yacht that can lead our shooting more exciting and challenging, we will go to the “NordAustlandet” in the northern east of Svalbard according to the website, there can be more opportunity to see the Polar bear, the only concern is I have no cruise experience with a motor yacht before, this cruise can be a real expedition to explore the extraordinary landscape and wildlife of the Svalbard.        

根據網站上的資料我們是一個小攝影團及體,能提供一個有更多機會觀察和拍攝野生動物和生態包括廣闊的冰河群島、海冰峽灣等,在Svalbard地區的多種類野生動物與其他北極地區不同並不那麼懼怕人類,甚至有時還對觀察他們的人類產生好奇而接近人類,在Svalbard地區約有3000隻北極熊,其他野生動物包括海象、座頭鯨、北極狐、馴鹿及種類繁多的飛禽等。

According to the website, with a small group we can explore more wildlife and landscape, such as vast glaciated archipelago, pack ice and dramatic mountain chains, the wild animals in the Svalbard are sometimes behavior very curious not like the other areas, there are 3000 polar bears in Svalbard also includes the other wild animals like walrus, whale, arctic fox, reindeer and many arctic bird species. 

此次的小團體(10人以內)使用小型船隻有助環境保護,人少易於相互幫助能有更多機會體驗北極的環境和生態,此趟小團體攝影探險主要拍攝北極熊,其他野生動物包含海象、座頭鯨、北極狐、海豹及繁多的極地飛禽,如北極燕、賊鷗、海鷗三趾鷗、藍綠鷗、燕鷗、海鵲等。

The tour of small group and boat are environmental friendly, small number of people offers more chances to experience and photography the landscape and wild life, we are going to shoot Polar bear, walrus, Whale, the Northern Fulmar, Grey Phalarope, Arctic Scua, Ivory Gull, Black-Legged Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull, Arctic Tern and Brünnich´s Guillemot. 

此次使用的船隻跟據網站上的介紹是一艘動力帆船全長約19米,船身為鋼鐵材質(2003年製造),使用柴油引擎最高航速9節,船內裝璜包括5區有14張床及盥洗室和廁所,另有上下兩個廳共20個坐位,內有電視等視聽設備,柚木構造的駕駛艙有14個坐位,安全裝置包括一艘懸掛小艇,一艘可折式救生艇可載25人,另艙內裝置7個煙霧感知器及水位偵測等,另有2艘可各載5人的登陸橡皮艇。

The boat we have for this cruise is a motor yacht about 19meters long according to the website, the boat is made from steel and manufactured in 2003, the diesel engine offers the top speed of 9 knots, the interior are equipped with 5 sections 14 beds and separated showers and toilets, as to the safety facilities include Davit with dinghy, 1 RIB Arimar with Yamaha 9,9 hp (15 hp ),1 inflatable life raft 25 persons, certificated and controlled in may 2004 EPIRB Jotron, Alarm ICAS FG approved house alarm with 7 smoke detectors, 2 PIR detectors and 2 water detectors, furthermore 2 Zodiacs for landing.

對我來說此次探險為全新的體驗,我想須要關注的首要是暈船的問題,另外由於是小船及小團體自我照顧是很重要的部份,包括生活、餐飲等,另外與不同國家人民的相處的態度、行為應也是全新的體驗,面對生活中新的事物也就是以前未嘗試過的都必須要有一定的勇氣和毅力,當然對作任何想作事情的執著是不能少的。

To me this tour is a new experience of the Svalbard expedition, my top concern is the sea sick situation, furthermore, in a small space and few people together, my living custom and behavior with the people from other countries can be a new experience, I think we should positively facing new things in our life and keep the will on our favorite approach.