Voyage 7117

Longyearbyen to Tromso

 

 

Day 1 - August 2, 2011 - Longyearbyen, Svalbard

It is always very exciting to sail away; to me it translates into a sense of freedom and tingly anticipation about the adventures to come.


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Day 2 - August 3, 2011 - 14th July Glacier, Krossfjord, West Coast, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Soon enough it was time to lower our Zodiacs and prepare for the first landing of the cruise. It occurred at a super location, the 14th of July Glacier, named by a French Expedition after Bastille Day.


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Day 3 - August 4, 2011 - Virgohamna 

And then, to our surprise, another bear appeared on the shore side. This made for some excellent spotting as we had two bears, each on either side of the cove.


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Day 4 - August 5, 2011 - Lagoya Island, Svalbard

These 100-meter-high doleritic (basaltic) cliffs towered over us as the Captain drifted along the cliff face, giving us incredible views. These cliffs are home to thousands of nesting guillemots, and it was certainly a site that we will never forget. 


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Day 5 - August 6, 2011 - Palanderbukta, Nordaustland and Faksevagen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Contrast and comparison in the High Arctic was one primary theme for today’s expeditions ashore.


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Day 6 - August 7, 2011 - Kvitøya Island, Svalbard

We also enjoyed the views of a walrus cow with her two-year-old pup and lots and lots of birds.


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Day 7 - August 8, 2011 - At sea, Bråsvellbreen/Austfonna glacier

For about an hour we stood on the windy outer decks and admired the view. It was spectacular and the dark clouds gave an even more dramatic backdrop.


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Day 8 - August 9, 2010 - Diskobukta, Svalbard

Edgeoya is the third largest of the Svalbard islands and the site we were going to is well known for its amazing Kittiwake colony.


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Day 9 - August 10, 2010 - Bjørnøya (Bear Island), Svalbard

The scenery here is truly breathtaking with 400m cliffs rising above us, the coastline is dotted with beautiful coastal caves, arches, stacks and rock folding structures, creating a geological wonderland that could excite everyone, not just geologists like me.


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Day 10 - August 11, 2010 - Norwegian Fjords and Tromso, Norway

Soon enough the buildings of Tromso came into view and we found ourselves once again alongside this very northerly city in Norway.


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