Timo: “Confrontation with one young male. Audun fired a shot in the air. This bear kept following us for hours and we couldn't get rid of him before camping. So while camping we were forced to keep eye on him and scared him away when his approach became too close.” Image by Timo Palo courtesy Timo Palo, SOURCE
“Nansen has been very inspirational for both of us. We talked about him a lot. We had his book and on special occasions we read it loudly. That comparison also reminded us that what we are doing now is nothing compared to what Nansen and Johansen went through. Their journey was all about to survive. How safe we could feel nowadays with all the high tech gear and communication. They were heroes, we were admirers!” Image by Timo Palo courtesy Timo Palo, SOURCE
“The land is ahead (long awaited Seven Islands), but how to get there! We continuously had to climb the hummocks to scout the road ahead and find a way through the problematic areas.” Image by Timo Palo courtesy Timo Palo, SOURCE
“We also had some glacier and mountain crossings on the way back through the Svalbard archipelago. Here is the ascent to the passage what takes as to the Mossel valley and Wijdefjord. It was hard work with the kayaks in a soft snow.” Image by Timo Palo courtesy Timo Palo, SOURCE
Norwegian Audun Tholfsen and Estonian Timo Palo. Image by Timo Palo courtesy Timo Palo, SOURCE
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(Correne Coetzer) “I feel like someone was taking care of us on that day,” says Timo, as they were shocked and scared after a polar bear attack on them while skiing and kayaking on the melting Arctic Ocean ice from 90°N to Svalbard. This was only one of several encounters with the bears. Also today, as in the previous parts of the interview exclusive to ExplorersWeb, more first time published photos of the expedition courtesy of photographer Timo Palo. The team continues, telling about the caches they left on...