Another great memory from this summer, @katjaado ice climbing for the first time ever - to get up from a large glacier crevasse in Eastern Greenland.
She loved it. Thanks to @auroraarktika
for taking us there, as well as @kkristjans and @thorlakur_laki for the excellent guidance inside the crevasse!
A true expert! I love how Nepali shops are often completely focused on one thing alone.
Like Mr. Patel here - an expert in tea. Walk into his realm of leaves from all over Asia, and he'll tell you everything about every aspect, every harvest. His tiny shop in Kathmandu is just crammed full, floor to ceiling, of the thing he loves to sell.
If that isn't love for your trade, I dont know what is.
I'm just back in Sweden - already missing the bustle of Kathmandu. Nice thing I got a little tea with me.
Razor sharp peaks, just randomly popping out of the clouds as the weather moves about you. And then, in an instant, they dissappear in a shroud of white again.
That's pretty much how I'd describe the feeling of being in the Himalayas.
I never get used to this, as the Himalayas always hide something larger and higher behind the next cloud. You never get this kind of sudden glimpses of 6000m peaks in the Swedish mountains... (Perhaps since our tallest mountain is just about 2100m). It's the thrill of being in Nepal - the massive mountains that inspire - but also kind of scare you.
You feel small.
Alpine boots, hiking poles... And a rifle. Exploration in Greenland has that extra twist to it - with potential polar bears around every corner.
Growing up in one of these remote villages, you learn to handle a gun early on. I've never held a rifle in my life, but luckily we had some experienced members on the team looking out for us while we climbed.
Photo from our last few weeks exploring with @auroraarktika, as we did a day trip to the summit of Polheim close to Tasiilaq.
Human existence. About 100 people live here in Tiilerilaaq.
Arriving in East Greenland after getting through the belt of ice, the populated villages looks like this. Compared to West Greenland, which houses a lot of peoole, this side of Greenland is almost completely wild.
It's difficult to even imagine the hardship of living in these extremely remote villages.
Right now, they're green and open. Beautiful, rugged houses and small ports - with people out and about on summer errands.
In the winter? I think this place is a tough place to hibernate.
We hit an iceberg!
You can see the ice has just broken off in a few pieces? That's because @katjaado just had a morning dance on top of it - and had to jump onto the bowsprit rigging as the ice broke with a loud crack. Her toes touched the water, barely escaping the 0.5°C warm water.
After two full days crossing the Greenland sound, and another full day finding our way through the belt of ice, we finally arrived to Greenland.
Photo from the mast of @auroraarktika
As always, it starts with a map. This fresh satellite printout was what we looked at over two weeks ago, ready to depart from Iceland.
Where we wanted to go was the Blosseville coast - right in the middle of this map on mainland Greenland (the blue outline is the coast). See what surrounds it?
Kilometers of ice, a massive band of frozen water blocking our path.
Would we get through it? No way to know, until we try!
Captured onboard the @auroraarktika before the big adventure started.
I just can't wait to get back on this ship. Just spent two weeks aboard this beauty - the @auroraarktika - exploring the wilderness of Eastern Greenland.
Here, the ship is neatly anchored a few hours from the small village of Tiniteqilaaq, with the crew out exploring in the mountains. I've seldomly been on a trip as exploratory as this one. From day one, we simply had no idea of where to go - just that we wanted to explore. And it turned out to be quite an extraordinary journey.
Not the crossing from Iceland to Greenland though - that had me floored for about 4 days in a row. Even though I lost several days to the sea sickness, seeing this absolutely magnificent (and gigantic) continent of a country up close was definitely worth it.
Thanks to the crew - but most of all to the machine of a man @aurorasigjons - for taking us there. And back again.
Another native of the Faroes. The Puffin bird.
I love their character among other birds. Gulls and other seabirds are a pain to be around, living in pits of their own shit and screaming rheir lungs out 24/7.
Puffins, however, are completely quiet. And they live in small burrows on the cliff, kind of like the bird version of hobbit houses.
I have a thousand shots of these guys - and they're always cute up close. But I like layerad shots like this one more. You can see the dramatic cliffs of the Faroe islands in the background, and get a sense of what kind of frontier-living bird this is.
That, and the fact that it's a spectacularly beautiful animal.
The Faroese Sheep are everywhere on the islands: they say there's more than two sheep for every person living here.
On Lítla Dímun, the island in the previous photo, sheep are held in so high regard that people spend lots of time going back and forth to the uninhabited island - to keep the roaming sheep well fed and clean (hence the annual shearing). It's also so the sheep don't overheat, since summers can get up to 20°C (about 68°F). That's considered a hot summer in the Faroes.
This photo was actually captured on the island of Mykines - but it was the most charming guy we met. While all the others ran at the sight of us, this guy stuck around - curiously posing for photos.
Photographed last week with the @ivarsthlm team
The Faroe Islands.
Or to be more specific - the smallest one of them.
Lítla Dímun in front, Stóra Dímun in back. Lítla Dímun is the smallest of the main 18 islands, being less than 100 hectares in area, and is the only uninhabited one. Unless you don't count the 300 sheep who live here alone.
Me and @rapparsven were fortunate enough to go here last week - as one of the very few people who set foot on this island every year - with the Faroese crew who went to shear the sheep.
Shot from a drone (my longest flight yet - probably 1.3km from me) last week on an exploration trip with the @ivarsthlm team