Voyage 7010

London to Longyearbyen

 

 

Day 1 - June 5, 2010 - Moored Alongside Hms Belfast On The River Thames, London

From Tower Pier, guests took a short ferry ride across the river to where the Prince Albert II was moored next to HMS Belfast.


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Day 2 - June 6, 2010 - London - Across From The Tower Of London

We next walked over to the exquisite Painted Hall, another truly awe-inspiring interior whose immense painted ceilings and walls show vast allegorical scenes that give the structure an artistic linkage to the Sistine Chapel in Rome.


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Day 3 - June 7, 2010 - At Sea

The morning was overcast and a bit foggy as we made our way north along the east coast of England towards our next destination of Newcastle.


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Day 4 - June 8, 2010 - Newcastle, U.K.

I saw that we were straight in sight of downtown, and alongside. This will be my 3rd time here in Newcastle, and I have to admit that I like the town, with its 7 famous bridges, which are connecting both sides of town along the River Tyne.


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Day 5 - June 9, 2010 - Aberdeen Scotland

Crathes Castle was more of a tower-house than a castle, and certainly had been constructed to withstand attacks.


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Day 6 - June 10, 2010 - Fair Isle; Mousa, Lerwick, Shetland Islands

The rest of the guests were more than content to soak up the atmosphere of the soft day by admiring the puffins, guillemots and fulmars on the cliffs.


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Day 7 - June 11, 2010 - Lerwick And Noss Island, Scotland

Common seals bobbed their heads above the water as we admired the crystalline water with its scattered jellyfish.


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Day 8 - June 12, 2010 - At Sea En Route To Trondheim, Norway

I woke up in the early hours, aware that the ship was moving quite a lot! I lurched back to bed with the feeling that we might have a somewhat challenging sea day ahead.


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Day 9 - June 13, 2010 - Trondheim, Norway

The city of Trondheim is Norway’s original capital, but now the country’s third largest city.


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Day 10 - June 14, 2010 - Underway Cruising North Through The Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

As we sailed closer, it became clear that it was a work of art surprisingly placed at this outer edge of the world to mark the Arctic Circle, a lovely globe of stainless steel hoops tilted to reflect the Earth in its orbit.


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Day 11 - June 15, 2010 - Lofoten Islands, Norway

This picturesque small settlement with all its red-colored wooden houses at the end of the Nusfjord gives a nice example of a typical historic fishing village in the northern area of Norway.


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Day 12 - June 16, 2010 - Cruising The Fjords En Route To Magaroy Island, Norway

During the previous evening and night we had only briefly entered “open waters” after the Andfjorden, therefore our cruise through the northern fjords was a very calm one.


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Day 13 - June 17, 2010 - Storstappen Island, Nordkapp (North Cape), Norway

Skilful maneuvering of the zodiacs allowed not only the birds to be glimpsed in their abode but also an experience of the smell that often accompanies intense concentrations of seabirds.


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Day 14 - June 18, 2010 - Bear Island, Barents Sea, Norway

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have whales” came the call from Expedition Leader Robin early this morning.


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Day 15 - June 19, 2010 - Svalbard, Ice Cruising Along The East Coast

By the time I had breakfasted and dressed to spend a day out on deck, the foredeck had been opened to increase viewing space and allow us great views of the ship “ice-breaking”.


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Day 16 - June 20, 2010 - Ice Cruising In Hornsund, Spitzbergen, Svalbard

Gashamna is a wonderful location surrounded by towering mountains. There are an excellent variety of opportunities for people to learn and explore.


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Day 17 - June 21, 2010 - Bamsebu And Poolepynten, Svalbard

Our goal here was to see walrus that normally haul out onto a spit of land between the ocean and a small lake.


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