- Posted August 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel snapshots: Otherworldly landscapes
Out of this World
'It is such a great experience to see this frozen "wonderland" of the glaciers, the snow covered ragged edged mountains, the blinding white or colorful icebergs which seem to have their very own life when a sun ray hits them.'
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
The incredible beauty of the Svalbard Archipelago in the high Arctic never stopped to amaze me, it is absolutely breathtaking and to visit it was the most fantastic time of my life. Its majestic and breathtaking landscape is virtually out of this world. Sometimes I felt that I am walking on the Moon or on a surface of a distant alien planet someplace in a far away Galaxy. I saw many magical sights which reminded me of a movie set of a sci fi film and I was wondering when I would turn around maybe I would meet Mr. Spock from Star Trek. (I am a huge fan) Sometimes I even had to think about what I really saw, because often I could not identify what appeared a front of my eyes. I also had an incredible luck to see a very rare Arctic mirage. So for me the stunning sceneries of Svalbard are truly otherworldly.
Svalbard is full of natural wonders and the most magnificent glaciers, which are sadly moving back due the global warming. Also its Polar bear population will be reduced dramatically in the next future. I am so thankful that I was able to travel three times to Svalbard. I was able to experience the greatest adventures of my life by meeting eye to eye (sometimes really in dangerously close encounter) with the majestic Polar bears, seeing in awe over 200 white Beluga whales playing in the Arctic Ocean, walking on in the bright sun glistening icebergs or forgetting all my troubles as I climbed the most majestic glaciers on the Planet.
The wild beauty of Svalbard archipelago which is situated in the high Arctic between the 74 and 80 N longitude with its untouched nature is absolutely breathtaking. To visit Svalbard and the Arctic Ocean above it is an adventure itself, but to experience this most magnificent and magical place is a greatest event of a life time. You will meet not just the kindest people, but also the majestic animals of the Arctic, like Polar bears, Arctic foxes, Walruses, Humpback Whales, Beluga whales, Blue Whales, (the largest mammals on Earth). just name a few. Thank you: PuakeaJutka
Photos by Jutka T. Emoke Barabas
1, A magnificent glacier of Svalbard
2, The “playground of giants”
3, Like a moon crater
4, The wonders of the ice fields of the Arctic Ocean
5, My sci fi moment
6, Ross Island, 81st parallel North
7, Upside down landscape
8, A breathtaking frozen world
9, Icebergs: (this is maybe the most beautiful view ever saw in my life)
10, Nature’ ‘chairs” are great comfort after a strenuous climb. This photo of me is from 2009.