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Magdalenafjord

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The Bay of Gullybukta sits on the southern side of the fjord, near Gravneset. The Gullybreen glacier enters the sea here, while walruses sun themselves along the sandy beaches beneath dramatic rock outcroppings. The contrasts here are striking,...
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Walrus tusks grow to about a meter (three feet), while the bulls of the Atlantic subspecies average around 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)—10 to 20 percent smaller than Pacific walruses. It is not unusual to see walrus herds resting on ice floes near...
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As you cruise into Magdalenafjord and get closer to the shore, you can detect movement across the slopes. Hundreds of thousands of birds called little auks, also known as dovekies, make their home along these slopes. The birds swoop and chirp in...
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Cruising along Magdalenafjord, you may easily spot bearded seals sunbathing on ice floes, swimming in the fjord or resting on the shore. Bearded seals are generally calm and easy to approach in areas where they are not hunted, including Svalbard,...
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Svalbard reindeer have short legs and a relatively short, round head with powerful antlers, brown fur on their back and tan fur on their belly. They are nomadic and generally travel in herds through areas with no snow or glaciers, and can often be...