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.
This is the last paddle of the journey, about two hours long, from the last campsite to the airstrip in Alexandra Fiord.
The kayaks are beached and totally unloaded for the last time.
With a 4 hours roundtrip hike over a very soft tundra, I get closer to Twin Glacier.
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).
Pictures of Twin Glaciers on Ellesmere island.
Panoramic picture of Ellesmere with about 150 degrees of visual.
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.
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.