Bear Tracks - Beware!
We took this picture when we found some bear tracks on the beach, that's my son Niall playing at being a bear victim, much laughter.
It was very shortly afterwards while we were still in Svalbard that we heard that a teenage British boy had been killed while camping by a polar bear and a couple of his companions seriously injured. Which puts it into perspective, you've only got to look at the size of those tracks to get an idea of how big this bear must have been and how little of a chance you'd have when coming across one.
It made us appreciate our guide and his shotgun all the more.
Photo; © Paul Ward - These are pictures from a cruise around Svalbard inside the Arctic Circle in high summer.