Voyage 7116

Tromso to Longyearbyen

 

 

Day 1 - July 23, 2011 - Tromso, Norway

The first part of our Arctic voyage takes the Silver Explorer through the most northerly fjords of Norway and everyone just wanted to stand outside for quite some time just soaking in the tremendous beauty of the area.


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Day 2 - July 24, 2011 - At sea en route to Bear Island

Just a couple of days ago the winds and the waters in this area were furious, and today they are so calm and flat that it seems hard to believe that we are actually navigating the same stretch of sea.


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Day 3 - July 25, 2011 - Bear Island

First we visited the few puffins that were nesting on a sandy slope in the cove. Their funny faces and bright red feet made them easy to identify both on the land at on the sea.


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Day 4 - July 26, 2011 - Burgerbukta and Gashamna, Hornsund

During the tour we explored some wonderful large icebergs and cruised the length of the glacier face – hoping to see some calving, but unfortunately there was not much action this morning.


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Day 5 - July 27, 2011 - Ny Ålesund

Standing on a living glacier we had a wonderful view across the fjord and down to the Silver Explorer.


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Day 6 - July 28, 2011 - Hinlopen Strait between Spitsbergen and Nordaustland, Svalbard, Norway

In the early afternoon one of our Polar Bear Guards spotted a female adult bear and two small cubs walking across the ice. They moved slowly but continuously from one ice flow to another, occasionally jumping into the water to make a short swim.


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Day 7 - July 29, 2011 - Hinlopen Strait, Svalbard

It was a great sighting as this big male bear was on the sea ice, which is not quite the usual place where we see them. Normally we spot bears on land, but to see them on the ice, resting or hunting, was something quite special.


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Day 8 - July 30, 2011 - Logøya

The morning brought cloudy skies, a stiff breeze and, at more than 80 degrees North, quite a swell alongside the ship. But that didn’t prevent us from offering the polar plunge! It would be cold anyway and besides, how many times would one get the opportunity to dunk one’s body this far north?


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Day 9 - July 31, 2011 - Monacobreen, Svalbard

The seal kept approaching the Zodiac underwater and poking its head up to look at us. We got some wonderful, close looks at the seal’s beautiful face, with its long white whiskers and dark grey eyes.


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Day 10 - August 1, 2011 - Alkhornfjellet and Longyearbyen

As we approached Longyearbyen, more and more ice floes appeared and finally we dropped anchor in front of the pier.


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