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June 18, 2017 

ARRIVAL CAMBRIDGE BAY Maud crew Stig was the first to arrive in CB again this year – spending his first weeks waking our tug Tandberg Polar up from its 3rd winter hibernation here in CB. All windows are blinded and we insulate her as best we can to withstand the severe winter cold, averaging in the low minus 30 degrees Celsius. Engines har tested and serviced, and all looks good. Well done to Stig and Terje who has all our engines as one of their major responsibilities. 

This week Stig and I have had some wonderful early summer days looking over Maud and starting over where we finished last autumn preparing Maud and barge Jensen for the long trip home to Norway, hopefully starting before the end of this summer, probably around the last part of August, when the ice situation allows us to sail throughout the Northwest Passage direction Greenland, that will probably be our next winter stop. Ideally we will arrive Greenland mid September if all goes well. 

Our main tasks in the weeks and months to come is to prepare Maud and Jensen as well as our tug for the long journey home. These days Stig and I have cleaned all the straps and ropes around Maud that was used for the lifting operation and Maud looks even better ( if possible) after being stripped. Inside we are still working to empty loose pieces of wood and mud in the front section of Maud around the main windlass. The one that was also on board famous polarship Fram. Still some tons to dig out will keep us busy for another couple of weeks. 

Maud seem to have enjoyed her first winter above the ice since 1930. She has rested on top Jensen through the whole winter and has had good conditions for starting her slow drying process. Experts suggest temperatures in the far low minus as ideal for drying and it was not very difficult for us to arrange for that. Specially the surface of the wood can benefit from this freeze drying process to secure as much as possible of the original surface structure of the wood. 

I must say it was a warm welcoming feeling to enter Maud again these last days. The temperatures has raised above 0 degrees Celsius and when the sun comes through it feels like the perfect place to be. We can smell the warm wood of the old lady and every day we find new details that makes this recovery story ever more gratifying for all of us. 

In a couple of weeks our team will be complete for the summer when Terje and Bjørn arrives. and as July arrives the ice will open around Maud and we can continue our preparations with Tandberg Polar long side. We are looking forwards to another eventful summer with Maud in the high arctic. 

Many thanks to Nunavut Tourism for helping us out to get promotional tickets for our flight up north this time. 
As you well know Tandberg Eiendom of Norway stands alone financing this whole project of bringing Maud back home to Norway. 

Jan Wanggaard – mrh 

 

Maud can experience the spring melting in CB from above the ice this year.

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 Photo: Jan W

 

Clearing the floor for the big dance.

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 Photo: Jan W

 

And there was light.

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Photo: Jan W

 

Heavenly ladder close to Maud

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Photo: Jan W

 

Stig deals with some tight old knots from last years lifting operation.

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Photo: Jan W

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 Arctic Heli Skiing on Baffin Island

 Nestled on the shores of Baffin Bay, the fjords of Baffin Island hold some of the best skiing in the circumpolar Arctic! Unskied mountains, hanging glaciers and rolling alpine terrain of the Arctic cordillera provides uniquely untapped terrain for guests to explore. 

Panorama of Weber Cocktail Couloir

 This land is the home of polar exploration; Baffin Island is more than 500,000 square kilometers in size (5th largest island on earth) and has a population of less than 15,000 inhabitants across the entire island. This is the land of glaciers, polar bears, and Arctic mountain ranges. 

During the months of April and May, a very unique event takes place. As the spring Arctic sun begins to bring warmth to the polar terrain, the snow quality and temperatures provide great skiing! Light snow and 24-hour sunlight! The month of April and May also coincides with polar bears (who), having emerged from the dens in late March, have yet to leave the coastal baffin area for the floe edge - they inhabit the very areas where we ski! 

A great video produced from a visit in 2015 gives a flavour of some of the heli-skiing, ski touring and wildlife in the area! 

 

Weber Arctic Expeditions is proud to offer heli skiing on Baffin Island every April and May to guests from across the globe.

Working with the community of Clyde River, Nunvaut, we are proud to host guests in the community of Clyde River at a privately staffed hotel. Welcoming a maximum of 8 guests per week, heli skiing is offered in the fjords of Baffin, a short flight from the village. We operate on a small basis - two groups of four guests only.

Truly Arctic elements such as polar bear viewing, dog sledding and drum dancing are a few of the highlights to name. 

Raven Brothers Glacier

 

 

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Blog Post Courtesty of Adventure Canada - http://blog.adventurecanada.com/

 

 An interview with filmmaker-photographer Jason Van Bruggen




 

Jason van Bruggen is a self taught photographer and filmmaker based in Canada. His lens has previously captured an incredible Adventure Canada Journey through the Northwest Passage. We are thrilled to share Jason's latest cinematic poem featuring AC staffer and author-explorer James Raffan, and caught up with him to ask some questions about his craft. 

 

 Adventure Canada: Jason, what draws you to the wilderness as a filmmaker?

Jason Van Bruggen: Our wilderness is an endlessly fascinating subject to me. Not only for its beauty, but also for the opportunities it provides us in terms of learning and reflection. As we enter an age of scarcity and climate change, these opportunities become more precarious. As a visual artist, I have a role to play in conserving wild places and encouraging an appreciation for them in others. Not only for their visual interest but for their profound importance. My passion for wilderness locations is decades old and predates my current role as a filmmaker and photographer. My current career choice was informed by a passion for wild places rather than the other way around. A fascination with intrepid travel has spanned my whole life. Growing up, I spent my summers on unsupported canoe trips in the Canadian backcountry, which is probably at the root of it. I have worked in the most remote and austere locations on the planet ranging from the Tibetan Himalaya to the deserts of Iraq, and spent time wandering around in well over a hundred countries. Wilderness travel and exploration have been profoundly formative and continue to provide me with boundless inspiration.

AC: What extra considerations does a filmmaker have to make when shooting in remote locations like the Arctic? How did you prepare? What is the hardest part about shooting in cold weather?

JVB: There are many, many additional considerations that go into shooting in remote locations, especially when travelling with a sophisticated equipment package. Preparation involves fastidious attention to detail, starting with the planning stages. You need to be ready for contingency, for equipment failure (total or partial) and have backups of all the essentials. The hardest parts about shooting in cold weather are pretty obvious—keeping yourself warm, keeping your batteries warm, and keeping your equipment running are always crucial.  

AC: Is there anything in particular that makes a shooting location special? What do you look for when gathering footage?

JVB: The light. The fleeting point of confluence at which light, topography, and activity all meet is what yields magic.

AC: Wildlife is notoriously hard to shoot. Is there anything you take into consideration to help get the perfect shot?

JVB: First off, I don’t think I have gotten the perfect shot. In my view, the best way to capture wildlife is to research where you might find the fauna you are looking for, identify a target location, and then spend time there. I prefer to wait in one place and get to know it intimately; this allows me to develop an understanding of where the best opportunities exist. This enables me to find the best light and, hopefully, understand the habits and interests of the animals I am shooting. Observing animals candidly, without disturbing them, is always the most rewarding. That being said, you can do everything right and walk away without a single shot. It’s a crap-shoot like that, especially in landscapes as vast and changeable as the Arctic.

AC: What was the most challenging shot in this most recent project?

JVB: Many individual shots had their challenges, but I think the most delicate part of this project was trying to strike a balance between a number of competing priorities. At the end of the day, this is a piece to promote Arctic travel on behalf of Adventure Canada. It is also a portrait of a friend of mine, and one that I wanted to make candid without being overlyrevealing. Like many of the stories that I imagine and film, I wanted this to be honest and to steer away from a clichéed interpretation of the North, exploration, and wilderness travel.

AC: Part of what makes your northern films and images so striking is the haunting, subdued palate. Can you comment on how you achieve such a vivid representation of local colour?

JVB: I try and represent on film what I feel when I am in the North. The Arctic, as it lives in my memory, is not an overtly colourful place. It is an eerily beautiful place, though. I see a great deal of photography which feels like it stretches the boundaries of credible human experience in the Arctic. While there are flashes of brilliant colour on many of my Arctic voyages, my emotional memory of the Arctic on most days is reflected in my colour treatment of both still and moving images.

AC: How would you describe the experience of working with Adventure Canada?

JVB: I love these guys. It’s a family-run business with tremendous purchase in the communities we visit and huge respect for the part of the world in which they travel. Those relationships have taken decades to build, and aren’t something that can be bought. The resource staff aboard the AC vessels keep coming back, year after year, for the same reasons that I do—we get to work with great people in amazing places.

AC: What is your dream shoot? Somewhere you haven’t been, and always wanted to?

JVB: Tough question. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot , and get to a lot of ‘bucket list’ destinations. I want to continue to explore the most compelling and hard to get to pieces of wilderness in Canada, and around the world. If I had to narrow it down, I would say all of National Parks in Canada that I haven’t been to yet.

AC: Thanks very much, Jason!

JVB: Thank you!


Jason’s work is focussed on depicting North American wilderness, including the Far North in a manner that is authentic and narrative—building new interpretations of these landscapes. Favouring travel that brings him in direct contact with the frontier and those who inhabit it, Jason’s immersive work seeks to explore these emerging landscapes and capture the vulnerability of the ecosystems and the people who live within them, illuminating a tension between the strength and fragility of the region; the age-old resolve to survive, and the current intention to thrive in places where scarcity fosters incredible ingenuity, resilience, and hospitality. Visit his portfolio online for more information.

All photos courtesy of Jason Van Bruggen.

 

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cambay

 The community of Cambridge Bay is located on the southeast coast of Victoria Island at the western end of Queen Maud Gulf where it narrows into Dease Strait. In Inuinnaqtun “Cam Bay” is called 'Iqaluktuuttiaq' because it is a 'good fishing place’. The hamlet is located close to the Ekaluk River, which is famous for giant Arctic Char.  Cam Bay is the principal stop for passenger and research vessels traversing the Northwest Passage.

Getting to know this region and its people could take weeks, but if you only have a few days…

 day1

Soar into Cambridge Bay from Yellowknife with one of our hospitable Northern Airlines - First Air or Canadian North. You won’t arrive hungry; our airlines still feature complimentary in-flight full service meals! After collecting your two free checked bags, book into one of the Cambridge Bay’s welcoming hotels (Arctic Island Lodge, Green Row Exective Suites, Enokhok Inn & Suites or The Umingmak Lodge Bed & Breakfast). 

Stop in at the Arctic Coast Visitor Centre to experience the interactive displays, resource materials and meet the friendly staff, in addition to perusing some Nunavut merchandise.

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Enjoy a leisurely bike ride (the Visitor Centre offers bike rentals) to the east side of the Bay where the Loran Navigational Beacon formerly stood. It is here you will find the remains of Old Town, which was once a small Inuit camp.  From there pedal to the Stone Church which first opened in 1954; the mortar is made from clay and seal oil.

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Try your hand at constructing an Inuksuk on the beach beside the Maud Cairn which was a gift of friendship and unity from the Norweigans, who are currently working to bring the Maud back to Norway on a custom-made barge that will tow her home this summer. Don’t forget to stop in at Kitikmeot Arctic Foods for a tour and to purchase some Muskox, Caribou or Arctic Char; what we Nunavummiut call “country food”.

Explore the community by foot under the midnight sun, meeting local characters and carvers working outside on their latest stone creations.

Rent a “Honda” (AKA four wheeler) from Go Cargo Taxi, load up your pack and head out to Ovayok Territorial Park, about 16 km east of town.  

The central feature of the park is the mountain called Ovayok (Mount Pelly).The legend surrounding the mountain tells the story of Ovayok, a giant who died and overtime morphed into the mountain. The park offers over 20 km of interpretive trails that showcase the legend of Ovayok, human history, plant life and wildlife. While on route keep an eye out for Muskox, Arctic Foxe and flocks of Migratory Birds.

Ovayok/Mount Pelly

Pitch your tent, enjoy some of your country food and marvel, as you watch the sun circle around the horizon and you capture that famous “it’s still bright out at midnight” shot!

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Meet up with a local outfitter (Qaigguit Tours, Hakongak Outfitting or Haogak Outfitting) for an interpretive tour of the Dorset, Tuniit and Thule archaeological sites just north of town.

Continue by ATV to the Japanese Monuments and gravel pit area for some tea and bannock at a cabin with a local elder for some traditional story telling.

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Now it is time to head down to the shore to catch the freshest Arctic Char in the world or make your way over to “Many Pebbles Municipal Golf Course”, where an ATV is the preferred golf cart, only a pitching wedge is needed and the green fee or “tundra fee” is FREE!

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Prior to taking off stop in at the Arctic Closet Airport Gift Shop for a creamy latte and possibly even a “Cam Bay” memento.

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1. Photograph the mythical unicorn of the sea - the narwhal

2. Ride in a qamutik (traditional Inuit sled) across an open lead in the sea ice

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3. Learn the skill of Iglu building from an Inuit hunter

4. Learn the art of traditional Inuit throat singing

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5. Smell the bitter sweet scent of a purple saxifrage, the Nunavut flower

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6. Feel the history resonate from the abandoned Inuit camps, rocky graves and tent rings

7. Taste muktuk, whale blubber

8. Dance under the magic of the Midnight Sun. Experience the 24 hour daylight

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9. Reel in an Arctic Char from the Arctic Ocean

10.  Create an arctic melody on a traditional Inuit drum

 

 #DiscoverNunavut and follow our list or create your own for an adventure of a lifetime!

 

 

 

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