From the Archive: Polar Bears Up Close, Svalbard, Norway

Polar bears, Svalbard, Norway. © www.thomaspickard.com

Polar bears, Svalbard, Norway. © www.thomaspickard.com

These are the same bears as in the photo I published yesterday on this site.

It is quite amazing how close you can get to bears, when you are on a ship with an expert Captain. Given this was taken with only a 200mm lens, we were pretty close.

As for the bears, they were indifferent to our presence. Arguably one of the best polar bear encounters I have been fortunate to have.