Voyage 7119

Longyearbyen to Reykjavik

 

 

Day 1 - August 22, 2011 - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago

The Captain and Expedition Leader made an excellent decision to leave earlier than usual in the afternoon to give us a few more hours of time to explore this fascinating area of the High Arctic.


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Day 2 - August 23, 2011 -  Liefdefjord, Andoya Islands Monacobreen, Andoya Islands, Svalbard 

 

It is always an incredible place for a Zodiac cruise, amongst the icebergs, as near as safety allows to the snout of the glacier, and usually a good area to see impressive calving.

 


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Day 3 - August 24, 2011 - Faksevågen, Alkefjellet and Torellneset, Svalbard

After the talk we were at our next destination, Alkefjellet. This time the reason for the name is easier to explain, it means “Mount Guillemot”. It is a cliff full of birds, mainly guillemots.


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Day 4 - August 25, 2011 - Kapp Lee, Edgeoya, Svalbard

As each group of guests passed by my ‘post’ I took a few minutes to explain to them all about walrus – why they are often found here, what they feed on, and why early hunters targeted them.


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Day 5 - August 26, 2011 - Hornsund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

What we didn’t know, was that he was walking along the beach and almost ran into a bear sleeping between some large boulders. It was only a few meters away from him!


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Day 6 - August 27, 2011 - Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway  

With some luck walking around the town and going up to the church, one can see Arctic foxes and reindeers. 


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Day 7 - August 28, 2011 - Jan Mayen, Svalbard, Norway  

I was out on Deck 6 watching out for birds and whales. I failed with the latter, but several fulmars and two kittiwakes followed the vessel. 


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Day 8 - August 29, 2011 - Jan Mayen Island, Norway  

This very high, ice-covered peak on Jan Mayen Island was partially fog shrouded but did give us a glorious peak at the summit, something that does not always occur. 


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Day 9 - August 30, 2011 - At Sea  

This morning was to be the battle of all battles to have occurred on board the Silver Explorer. The culinary duel, Staff Captain Hakan vs. Hotel Director Marcus in ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ 


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Day 10 - August 31, 2011 - Husavik, Iceland  

Our last interesting stop was the geothermal fields of Namaskard. Walking around the area, the scenery made me think of a landscape from some other planet, or our own Earth at a very distant past time. 


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Day 11 - September 1, 2011 - Bildudalur, Iceland  

Our final destination of the tour was the former house of the local artist Samuel Jonsson (1885 – 1969). He lived in this isolated location and started forming sculptures. 


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Day 12 - September 2, 2011 - Grundarfjördur, Iceland

The geological features that we saw from the bus were incredible – one of the real highlights was the active volcano that lies in the center of the peninsula. 


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