Ellesmere by kayak - paddling back to the airstrip

16, 17 August - 2004 

Our Ellesmere kayak expedition is almost over, so it's now time retrace our steps back to the airstrip located in Alexandra Fiord. As the distance can't be managed in only one day of paddling, we make a night stop about halfway, taking the opportunity to explore one additional beautiful spot of Ellesmere island.

Paddling back to Alexandra Fiord along the eastern coast of Ellesmere island, just south of 79th parallel.
Arctic underwater Arctic underwater
Arctic underwater Arctic underwater
Arctic underwater pictures, taken slightly below the surface, where the sea has different depths.
Picture of krill (lenght, about 15mm). This small animal saved from starvation some members of the Greely expedition to Ellesmere island during the end of 19th century.
Ellesmere island
After a few hours of paddling, we reach this nice bay, an ideal spot to build our camp and have a rest.
Pictures of our camp on Ellesmere island.
Ellesmere island Ellesmere island
Ellesmere island Ellesmere island
More photos of Ellesmere island.
Polar tundra Polar tundra
Polar tundra

This small, colorful valley, contains many different plants that, around the middle of August, start to change their color to brown and red.
Papaver radicatum
A nice Papaver radicatum, about 15cm tall (including flowers)
Saxifraga oppositifolia Saxifraga oppositifolia
Saxifraga oppositifolia

Several, very nice Saxifraga oppositifolia, growing in dense cushions.
Polar fox
A polar fox comes very close to the tents, before running away quickly. Although the camera was set in fast action mode, it was impossible to take a nitid picture.

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