Voyage 7016

Longyearbyen to Tromsø

 

 

Day 1 - August 12, 2010 - Longyearbyen, Norway

The first day of the cruise! Today was a typical embarkation day with guests starting to arrive at about 1:30pm.


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Day 2 - August 13, 2010 - 14th of July Glacier, Svalbard; Ny Alesund, Svalbard 

Around midday the sun was coming through the clouds and made it an unforgettable autumn day at the 14th of July Glacier.


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Day 3 - August 14, 2010 -  Smeerenburg, Amsterdamøya / Virgohamna, Danskøya  

Rounding the corner into the bay, we found two bears swimming off shore, two adolescent bears sitting onshore and a female cub with her first year cub sitting up high on the hill.


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Day 4 - August 15, 2010 - Ice cruising, Svalbard, Norway 

During the night we had been on a northeasterly course looking for the ice, which, according to the ice-chart, would be found north of 80°N.


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Day 5 - August 16, 2010 - Svalbard, Palanderbukta, Alkefjellet and Bråsvellbreen

We watched in awe as the massive Bråsvellbreen ice edge passed, seemingly endlessly...


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Day 6 - August 17, 2010 - Monacobreen Glacier

We were fortunate to witness the spectacle of a lone polar bear, swimming amongst the brash ice, before it briefly climbed onto a freshly calved berg for a better view of our zodiac, and then disappeared again into the icy water.


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Day 7 - August 18, 2010 - St. Jonsfjord and Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard 

I must say that one cannot wish for better views while having supper.


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Day 8 - August 19, 2010 - Bamsebu

Bamsebu is a site of great historic value. In the 1930s it was the area of mass beluga whale slaughtering.


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Day 9 - August 20, 2010 - Bear Island, Svalbard at sea in the afternoon

Northern Fulmars were always accompanying the Zodiacs and it was interesting to watch them gliding over the sea surface.


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Day 10 - August 21, 2010 - Tromsø, Norway 

 

With the sun shinning and temperatures closing in on 20˚C (68˚F), the Prince Albert II entered into the northern fjord system of Norway en route to our final destination of Tromsø.

 


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