挪威春季北極生態探險行前(Before the Svalbard Spring Expedition 2018)
This year for me will be a busy one, after the travel to the Lofoten Island Norway in February, I start in April another trip to Svalbard Norway, 這次是參加挪威當地的極地春季生態攝影團(“Svalbard Photo Expedition in Spring” by Arctic Wildlife Tour)，而我是第2次參加他們，第1次是在2016年參加他們的夏季團(可參考我的部落格 “2016挪威北極生態探險之旅歸來“)，領隊Mr. Svein Wik是一位在斯瓦爾巴(Svalbard)地區生態探險的專家，本身也是一位職業攝影師，我們使用的是一艘動力帆船可載約10人，由於船小載人不多因此機動行很高，沒有固定不變的航程隨開隨停，而且可以近距離的拍攝野生動物和風景，唯一的代價就是航行中的舒適及食物，在2016年我們發現了約33隻北極熊，旅程結束後我和Mr. Svein Wik相約今年再相會。
斯瓦爾巴(“Svalbard”)在12世紀的冰島古語是“寒冷海岸“的意思，但這裡的氣候相較其他同緯度地區卻來的比較溫和，在最大城朗伊爾城(Longyearbyne)，夏季約 -4ﾟ~ 6ﾟ，冬季最低氣溫可達 -30ﾟ，斯瓦爾巴(Svalbard) 群島總人口約3000人左右，最大城朗伊爾城Longyearbyne就聚集約2000人，這幾年來它由一個挖煤小鎮在進入21世紀後已發展成一個現代化的城市，除工商業蓬勃發展外，各種文化活動也很可觀，如音樂會、展覽會及節慶活動等。
I join again the local photography group “Arctic Wildlife Tour” led by Mr. Svein Wik, I have had the first tour with Mr. Svein Wik in Summer 2016 (please see my blog as “Back from the Svalbard Photo Expedition summer 2016#2“), Mr. Svein Wik is an expert in Svalbard wildlife expedition tour and a professional photographer, we cruised again with SY Arctica II, not a big boat with total 10 people on board, but the cruise was quite flexible we could start and stop as needed without a strictly itinerary, the advantage of this kind of cruise are the chance of more close shooting the wildlife’s and beautiful landscape, the comfort bed and food are not our priority, we have seen more than 33 polar bears in 2016, I told Mr. Sevin Wik that I will come back in 2018.
This year according to the information of the “Arcticwildlifestour.com” website, we will cruise from Longyearbyne by the west coast of Spitsbergen heading north until the north west corner, we will cruise to the edge of the ices searching for the wild life’s on the ice, and cruise down to the south seeking for the beautiful Spring landscape.
The name of Svalbard means “cold coasts” in the Icelandic texts in the 12th century, here owns a more mild weather comparing to the other area in the same latitude, the temperature of Longyearbyne is around -6ﾟ~ 4ﾟin Summer and it can reach to minus 30ﾟin Winter, there are total 3000 population in Svalbard, and the biggest town Longyearbyne have 2000 population, the city has developed fast from a small mining village to a modern city, now a day there are many business and industrial activities in Longyearbyne, except that there are also many culture events developed such as concerts、exhibition and festival activities etc..
We will during the cruise encounter wildlife such as Polar Bears, Walruses, Seals, Whales, Arctic Foxes, Svalbard Reindeer and a variety of bird species, we may cruise a long time or stop at some interesting spots for a long time for the better shooting chances on wildlife and landscape.
the above are courtesy of the Arctic Wildlife Tour’s website, for more details please connect to “https://arcticwildlifetours.com“.