Camping on Skraeling islands just off Ellesmere's coast
August 7, 8 - 2004
The kayak expedition to Ellesmere island begins setting our first camp on Skrealing islands, after a short
paddle from the airstrip in Alexandra Fiord. This island is very interesting for the many archeological
remains left by ancient Eskimos and very few people have ever set foot here.
After a short paddle thorugh Alexandra Fiord, we land on Skrealing island in the high arctic, where we build the first camp.
The tents are very confortable and require just 10 minutes to put them up.
Pictures of the tundra at Skraeling island. Here, a Papaver radicatum
, which height including flowers, is 10-15cm.
Here instead, a picture of Saxifraga oppositifolia
height 2-3cm, diameter about 4cm.
, a very nice flower, grows in dense cushions about 5-15cm wide and 2-6cm tall.
, flower's size about 5mm.
Photos of tundra, where mosses, lichens and other vascular plants use any available space, often creating wide and uninterrupted soft carpets.
Photos of Skraeling island.
The high tide moves large blocks of ice on the beach, where they remain trapped until the next high tide.
A group of walruses rest on an icefloe.
Tent rings built by ancient Eskimo about 4500 years ago. Skrealing island is very interesting for such remains.
A walrus' skull
Other tent rings. As there are no trees here, the bones were used in place of wood. Sometimes the bones are just food scratches thrown away.
A muskox's skull.
More archaeological findings left by ancient Eskimos. Although most of the items could look like just bones, it's important to not touch anything, as they may mean much more and they may have a long history to tell.
An arctifact looking like a trap for fox, still left by ancient Eskimo.
A nice lichen growing on a granitic rock (lichen's size about 4cm).
We leave Skrealing island, searching for another nice spot.
Along the way, we observe dozens of walruses. The pictures has been taken using a 420mm, stabilized lens.