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18th of August - Akpatok Island

Today’s destination is the wonderful Akpatok Island. This island – the largest island in Ungava Bay – is named for the Akpat, the Thick-Billed Murres that live on its limestone cliffs. Uninhabited Akpatok Island has International Biological Program status, is a Canadian Important Bird Area, as well as a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site. In addition to the Thick-Billed Murres, other notable bird species that may be on the island include Black Guillemot and Peregrine Falcon. Here we’ll use our zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
While on the ship, the students will also engage in a Youth Forum. Geoff Green will give a presentation on “Polar Ambassadorship” and “Inspiring Generation G” to help students focus on how to take what they’ve learned during these past few weeks and apply it to their communities, and to even larger scale – to help prevent further damage being done to our planet and its polar regions. The evening will be filled with activities on board for the students and the creation of a Youth Impressions wall, where students will be encouraged to leave behind what they learned from the experience for others to reflect on in the future.
The students will be busy with wrap-up activities and youth action groups to help them make sense of what they have experienced over the past couple weeks, and there will be plenty of time on deck to look out for Polar Bears, Seals and Whales! Students are extremely excited to share their new experiences, observations and ideas with friends, family and others when they return home. They have mobilized around diverse issues, projects, initiatives and actions that they will continue well past the end of the expedition. These young polar ambassadors are committed to making a difference locally, regionally, nationally and internationally!
The students can expect a big Captain’s Dinner during their “Final Evening on Ship” – replete with a lot of celebration, presentations, skits, slide shows – and briefings – as they sail ever closer to Kuujjuaq

First Polar Bear spotting at Akpatok

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Thick-billed Murre

Me, Geoff and Eirik

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14th of August - Kumberland Sounds: Kekerton Island and Pagnirtung

It has been a truly amazing day! We have visited the remains of a Scottish/American whaling station at Kekerton Island. The whalers hunted the bowhead whale and stayed in this part of the Arctic for over a hundred years. By the time they moved they had killed nearly 18000 and the bowhead was at the edge of extinction. It was a really fascinating site and much different from the whaling stations I saw in Antarctica when I went there.
After spending a few hours at Kekerton we sailed further into the fjord to Pangnirtung, and after lunch we anchored up and went ashore. Our guide met us at the beach and showed us all the major sites in town. My highlight had to be visiting the elders, in this case two women, who teach anybody who’s interested in how to make traditional Inuit clothing. The houses where they work are amazing!

Remains from the whaling era in Hudson Bay

My room-mate Lisa-Ann and a Bowhead Whale skull

Flower

Inuit houses with decoupage walls

Hudson Bay Company – old blubber station

At the printshop. I bought a print. I’ll show you soon

Local kids

Aanchal and Eirik

Sailing into Pangnirtung Fjord singing “Northwest Passage”

http://open.spotify.com/track/1cHSIk1TwG6W1xMpHMOzcD

13th of August - Monomental Island aka Polar Bear nirvana

POLAR BEARS
POLAR BEARS!!!!!

I wrote an update from Munumental Island, but is has gone missing.. Let’s hope the pictures are discribing enough.

Dr. Terry and the first Iceberg

Zodiac cruising at Monumental

First real life polar bear!

Polar bear momma and her two cubbs

10th of August - Walrus Island

What a day! No wind, along with sun from a clear blue sky. Today we have spent the morning hours at Walrus Island in the middle of Hudson Bay. As you might have understood already, the small island was packed with walruses. About 1000 of them were swimming, diving, fighting but mostly they just lay on the bare rocks, tanning and chilling in the nice weather. We cruised around the island in the zodiacs and got a good look at the animals. Our marine mammal expert, Dr. David Gray, told us more about the walruses. Did you know that the walrus mostly feed on clams? They put the clams into their mouths, suck out the inside, spit out the shell and swallow the clams whole. The clams from the walrus’ stomachs are actually an Inuit delicacy. Actually I haven’t told you about the highlight of the day yet! When we were out zodiac-cruising, we suddenly spotted a huge walrus in mid-air. Some of its less loyal walrus friends had pushed it down a 7 meter tall rock. Imagine a 2 ton fat lump in free fall, crashing into rocks on its way down. Difficult to explain, extremely funny to watch (The walrus was alright and didn’t get harmed, apart from being a bit embarrassed). Before lunch we headed out on deck for a pool-party in the nice weather. Almost everybody dove into the ice-cold arctic water.
A little message to everybody that has been trying to reach me since we left Ottawa on the 6th: The phone signals aren’t very good here. And the only way we can communicate to the “outer world” is with satellite. I really feel like I’m out in the wilderness!

Gary!

Walrus

Zodiac crew of the day

Walruses at Walrus Island

Linda and Mo competing on who can hold their hands longest in the freezing Arctic water

Eirik is also checking the temprature

Pool party. Me and Emilie are preparing ourselves

A tipical summer day in Ungava Bay… not

Journal writing out on deck

9th of August - Digges Island

Today we have spend the day at Digges Island, home to 180 000 pairs of Thick-billed Murres. The landscape was really stunning with high cliffs, clear lakes and Arctic tundra. Also, the weather couldn’t have been better. We hiked all the way to the top of the cliffs. What a view! Garry, the “birdman”, told us all there is to know about the Murres and we got a closer look at the colony. By the way: Did you know that the mosquitoes of the Arctic are attracted to Norwegian visitors named Ingrid? Well they are. I literally have 100 mosquito bites all over my body. After a few hours of hiking, we headed down to the ocean for a chilly, mosquito-free, zodiac cruise where we got to see the colony from below. I had a great amazing birthday yesterday. You should see the cake I had at dinner! Keywords: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Not to mention the amazing card I also got.
Until tomorrow!

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4. - 7. of August: Ottawa/Kuujjuaq/Diana Island

Jeg lovet for lenge, lenge siden at jeg skulle legge ut alle oppdateringene mine i rekkefølge med bilder og her kommer det:

First journal entry! And my first day on board Lyubov Orlova. I’ll start with a short summary of the last few days (since I so far have neglected my journal duties…)After a long flight of about 11 hours I finally arrived in Ottawa Wednesday night. I was so excited to meet the rest of the expedition team at last after months of waiting. The following day we were the guests of honor at the Launch event of the expedition at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Eirik (the other Norwegian) and I met up with Kari and Randi from the Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa.

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Friday morning we boarded our flight to Kuujjuaq in Nunavik, Quebec. Two events stood out for me that day: In Kuujjuaq we visited the local community centre where the local kids can hang out, play, dance, watch TV and have a hot meal. I think places like that are super-important in a small community like Kuujjuaq where there are not many things to do for youth. The other major event yesterday was when we finally boarded the ship after days and months of waiting for the expedition to begin.

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Today (7th of August), the majority of the expedition members (me included) have spend the day being seasick in pretty rough seas. So until 4 pm our lectures of the day were more of a personal kind, learning not to puke towards strong winds. We anchored up off shore Diana Island. We were told the chances of spotting musk-oxen were quite big. The landscape here is bare, spectacular and to quote my fellow Norwegian Eirik, resembles the high mountains of Norway or the landscape in Finnmark. Unfortunately we didn’t spot any musk-ox except a dead one (which our musk-ox expert David said was the next best thing).

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I’m really enjoying days here in the Arctic. Tomorrow is my birthday by the way. I’m turning seventeen!