Camping on Ellesmere island in Alexandra Fjord

17, 18 August - 2004

Our last camp on Ellesmere island was set up very close to the airstrip located in Alexandra Fjord, where the following day a chartered aircraft will collect us. This is one of the most beautiful place in Ellesmere island and, with an hike of a couple of hours, it's possible to almost touch a glacier.

Alexandra Fiord Alexandra Fiord
Skraeling island This is the last paddle of the journey, about two hours long, from the last campsite to the airstrip in Alexandra Fiord.

 

Alexandra Fiord
The kayaks are beached and totally unloaded for the last time.

 

Twin glaciers Ellesmere Island
Ellesmere Island Twin glaciers
With a 4 hours roundtrip hike over a very soft tundra, I get closer to Twin Glacier.

 

 

Twin glaciers
I get very close to the glacier but, because of a quite nasty river, it wasn't possible to actually touch the ice (I wasn't willing to cross the river, as I was alone).

 

Twin glaciers
Pictures of Twin Glaciers on Ellesmere island.

 

Twin glaciers
Panoramic picture of Ellesmere with about 150 degrees of visual.

 

Alexandra Fiord
Back to the camp in Alexandra Fiord. The buildings were erected by RCMP in the 1950s and are now used as logistic support for scientists and expeditions.

 

Alexandra Fiord Alexandra Fiord
Alexandra Fiord Alexandra Fiord
Is late night... and is late August as well. The midnight sun is getting every day closer to the horizon and the difference with two weeks ago, when the expedition started, is clearly evident. Soon, Ellesmere island will fall into an ethernal night, that will see temperatures falling down to -40 and below, for many consecutive months.

 

° ° °

° ° °

° ° °