Evening jade iceberg tour

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This week at Davis: 20 September 2013

Last Wednesday it was decided we would take an evening jade berg tour. This berg had been discovered on a previous adventure and then marked with GPS coordinates for all to visit. For this tour we were hoping the sky god would be kind and keep the heavens clear of any cloud.

We took off just after 7pm, one Hagglund and two quads, in the Hagg was Gav, Rich and myself, with Tim and Bob on the quads. The going was slow as there was a lot of soft snow around from the heavy blow we had a few days earlier. It took us about an hour to arrive at our destination with the sun just starting to disappear and yes the sky god had been kind as the skies were perfectly clear.

The guys quickly set up cameras and started taking shots of the berg with the disappearing daylight. The moon was at about one third its full size and the stars filled the clear sky. Then the auroras started to turn on their charm with spectacular displays, all this time the guys were kept busy taking continuous photos which went on for almost three hours.

At about 11pm we headed back to station as we said we would return at midnight although I am sure we all would have been happy to stay out all night with this spectacular display.

By Keith D

A lightly snow covered jade ice berg under the moon light on a very clear night
Jade berg

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

The moon high in the sky above a jade ice berg
Moon above jade berg

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

A green aurora drifting across the night sky with an ice berg in the foreground
Aurora above berg

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

Four expeditioners stand on the sea ice with a dim aurora in the night sky
Group photo with berg and night sky

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

A green aurora drifting across the night sky with an ice berg in the foreground
Aurora

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

A green aurora drifting across the night sky with a jade ice berg in the foreground
Aurora above jade berg

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

The blue Hagglunds vehicle parked on the sea ice with an ice berg and green aurora in the distance
Bright night sky above the Hagg

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

An expeditioner lying on a quad bike taking in the beauty of the night skies
Tim relaxing while taking in the night sky

(Photo: Gavin H-T)

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