LE BOREAL, July 12th 2017, Alkhornet-Trygghamna

Posted on Thursday 20 July 2017

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By Alexandre THEVENIN

This is the first day – always an emotional one. The day is a busy one as it begins with the expedition briefings and the distribution of boots. This is the first contact with passengers and us, the expedition team, start to meet everyone. The first discussions, the first contacts, and we realize that we both cannot wait to head ashore and begin the operations. Many have previously been on expeditions with Ponant, while for others it is the first time – and they are a little apprehensive. “will we get cold?” “and the bear, will we see it?”

Early afternoon, and the first landing takes place in Alkehornet. The entire expedition team heads out to scout the area. No bear is visible so the operations can begin. A magnificent bird cliff stands in the centre, in the middle of which glaucous gulls, black-legged kittiwakes and Brünnich guillemots fly and yell. A total of 60 000 birds who will share this dry afternoon and splendid view over the bay with us.
Alkehornet is also an important site for history as it used to be an whaling station back in the 16th century. Later on, in the 17th century, the Russian trappers will build a cabin and six graves which are still visible today.




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