Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2016/09/18

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Subject: [Leica] Arctic trip
From: hjwulff at (Henning Wulff)
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:45:18 -0700

Well, we are back from our arctic trip (thanks in part to my cousin Philip 
the travel agent) and have had a bit of time to look at some of the photos. 

We went from August 20 to August 28 inclusive, from Resolute on Cornwallis 
Island (approx. 75?N) to Cambridge Bay (approx. 69?N). Temperatures were 
about 2?C ?2? the whole time, but often with a fierce wind. Dressing warmly 
was adviseable.

The trip was with OneOcean Expeditions, which charters Russian research 
vessels; in our case the Akademik Ioffe. A Finnish built, Russian owned and 
manned vessel chartered to a Canadian company operating out of Squamish, BC. 
They do various trips into the Arctic and Antarctic with mainly two 
identical ships. After our trip, I have only praise for the whole operation. 
The Russian crew was professional in all the best possible ways, the 
OneOcean staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful (staff were mostly 
Canadian with some other nationalities represented) and the ship was 
perfectly suitable for this trip. Strengthened for ice, extremely quiet and 
vibration free diesel engines and electric thrusters for 'sneaking up on 
polar bears', if a 6000ton ship can sneak up on anything.

The sister ship to this one was the base of operations two years ago when 
the first of Sir John Franklin's ships, the Erebus was found after 165 years 
in Queen Maud Sound in 11m of water. A week after we came home the second 
ship, the Terror, was found a bit further North by essentially the same 
group, but not using the same ship since it was still carrying tourists.

So. Here are the first pictures. All pictures in this album are from the 
trip; more to come.

Henning Wulff
hjwulff at

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