“Polar” Bear Boat
The Swan 48 Isbjšrn lies at anchor in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago as a female polar bear and her cub forage for food. Isbjšrn— which means “polar bear” in Swedish—was on an expedition sail into Arctic waters, skippered by photographer Schell and his wife, Mia Karlsson. They managed to get close enough to the two bears in their dinghy to watch them feast on an old whale carcass for more than an hour. Schell was moved by the experience: “To say it was an emotional experience would be an understatement... To be that close to nature, to the symbol of thr Arctic itself... there’s no words.” As for the bears, they paid the crew no attention whatsoever, says Schell.