Yesterday we took zodiacs to Akelsundet where we saw 5 arctic foxes (in coat transition from winter white to summer brown), 20 reindeer and many seabirds. Akelsundet is the most lush of all the islands in Svalbard- due to the large numbers of nesting birds fertilizing the land (and therefore attracting the reindeer).
The reindeer were adorable! They have hollow hair shafts just like polar bears. It’s so interesting to learn more about how animals have adapted to live in the harsh tundra environment.
The arctic tundra is so different from any other habitat I have visit before. It was completely treeless and carpeted with a light moss. My boots sunk into the damp earth with each step.