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Subject: [Leica] Arctic trip
From: jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj)
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:22:04 +0530
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I have been to the Arctic Circle, but to Svalbard/Spitsbergen, in Norway,
where the landscape is far less bleak, maybe because there is plenty of ice
to be seen, and in the areas without ice, plenty of lichen carpeting the
ground, colouring it green. We reached 82N, which is close enough to where
Henning reached. Temperatures did not reach 50 degrees below zero, but did
reach 20-25 degrees below zero, which is bad enough. I have been to the
Antarctic as well, but because you seldom go past 67S (because it is a land
mass there, in the North it is all water), it is much warmer there, the
worst I faced was 5 degrees below zero.

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 9:59 PM, Ted Grant <tedgrant at> wrote:

> Jayanand offered:
> " Nice set, but feels rather bleak on the whole.<<<
> Jayanand mon ami.:-)
> You should be standing there when the temperature is 50 degrees below zero
> and a vicious ARCTIC wind blowing with snow /ice particles blowing around
> cutting into your face even though a tiny opening!! Regardless of so called
> parka's and other arctic clothing you can still feel your spine becoming
> frozen just standing there!
> UNZIP THE PARKA?" pull it out from what body warmth you have left. The
> camera is out, fast focus "CLICK!" And back inside parka for next "freezing
> happy snap!" :-) DANG IT'S SO COLD YOU HAVE TO BE THERE!
> Wondering to yourself? "OH MY, WILL I EVER BE WARM AGAIN?"  :-( :-(  :-(
> That condition isn't as you see Henning's scenic's!
> cheers,
> Dr. ted.
> "you just have to be there" I don't think one can imagine the fierceness
> of the cold!"
> -----Original Message-----
> From: LUG [ at] On 
> Behalf
> Of Jayanand Govindaraj
> Sent: September-19-16 3:32 AM
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Arctic trip
> Nice set, but feels rather bleak on the whole.
> My favourite is the Kittiwake formation...
> Cheers
> Jayanand
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Henning Wulff <hjwulff at> 
> wrote:
> > 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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