Weather: cloudy, in the afternoon rain
Air Temperature: 5° C
At 11.00 during our repositioning to the afternoon landing site, a lecture of my colleague Luqui, our ornithologist on board, took place in the theater. He was talking about the birds that we will see on this voyage.
Shortly after the lecture finished I had a delicious lunch with guests from the United States chatting about the seals and polar bears.
At approximately 15.30, the MV Silver Explorer arrived in Magdalenefjord at her anchorage position. The plan for this afternoon was two landings; one at Gravneset and the other at Gullybukta. The two sites are just 6 minutes in distance on a Zodiac ride from each other. Gravneset is a cultural heritage site and one can find the rests of an old English whaler station from the 17th century and the gravesite has about 130 graves. On the other hand Gullybukta in the last few years has become a hauled out place for walruses. For our guests, this was an excellent opportunity to hear something about the history of Svalbard and also to see another enigmatic animal of this region.
My colleagues Peter and Christian did the interpretation and guiding on the historical site, whereas Kara and Robin guided the guests on the walrus site. This afternoon I was driving the Zodiac and shuttled the groups of guests from one site to the other. Luckily this time we had no polar bear on shore side but seven walruses to look at and admire. Fortunately the walruses were very active today and so our guests could get some good pictures of these animals, because walruses on pictures look like big brown sausages lying on the beach. After a long day on the northwestern side of Spitsbergen, guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner in The Restaurant looking forward for tomorrow and another adventure up here in the high Arctic; the home of the polar bear and walrus.