The day began at the foot of Alkefjellet's towering cliffs teeming with thousands of seabirds. The noise was deafening and the temperature was frigid. Guillemots, northern fulmars, glaucous gulls, and little auks danced frantically in the sky, while other guillemots and kittiwakes huddled together on the precarious ledges that wrinkle Alkefjellet's jagged face. It was a beautiful day, but oh so cold. Taking pictures on the bow, I spotted Colin, our undersea specialist as he jumped into the water with his underwater camera in tow. I am not as enraptured by seabirds as some, but I appreciate the rugged landscape as we slowly drifted down the face of Alkefjellet.
While we snapped pictures and huddled together for warmth on the ships bow, Cristina spotted a white shape underneath the water: a beluga whale, barely visible, but slowly meandering through the freezing water. I am continually amazed by the wildlife I have seen on this expedition, and am once again so grateful to National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions that I am able to be here.
Later in the morning, we encountered another bear on the sea ice. At one point, it looked like he was making snow angels...the magic never ends on the ice.