Voyage 7219

Tromso to Tromso

 

 

Day 1 - August 1, 2012 - Tromso and At Sea 

We are looking forward to exploring the Russian Arctic and especially Franz Josef Land, which is one of the most remote places on our planet. 


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Day 2 - August 2, 2012 - Storhoppen Islands, Norway 

But the stars of the show were certainly the puffins, which rafted in unbelievable numbers on the water all around the ship.  


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Day 3 - August 3, 2012 - At Sea en route Archangelsk, Russia 

I pulled up my binoculars and said that it looks like a Russian Akula nuclear submarine. In fact that is exactly what it turned out to be. 


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Day 4 - August 4, 2012 - At sea 

Unbelievable but true, at the same moment I finished my lecture our Expedition Leader Robin made an announcement that a Beluga Whale was at nine o'clock of the ship.  


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Day 5 - August 5, 2012 - Arkhangelsk, Russia 

We then went to an arts and crafts centre and souvenir shop, directly followed by a visit to the Lenin square and a visit to an orthodox church where they happened to be in the middle of a christening ceremony for about a dozen children.  


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Day 6 - August 6, 2012 - Solovetsky Island, Russia 

Today was a very unique day for all of us. We were heading to one of Russia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites established in 1992 – the Solovetsky Monastery, located on one of the Solovetsky Islands.


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Day 7 - August 7, 2013 - At sea en route to Novaya Zemlya, Russia 

Cruising straight north through the White Sea not much wildlife was seen. Those of us out on deck during the course of the morning saw just a few gulls flying rapidly past us and mostly far in the distance. 


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Day 8 - August 8, 2012 -

Looking outside the window in the morning, it was hard to believe that we are sailing towards one of the most remote places on our planet… the sun was shining, the wind was light and the ocean shimmered in colours of turquoise and blue.


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Day 9 - August 9, 2012 - Russian Harbour, Novaya Zemlya

Evidently, the station was closed very quickly and without much notice, and so an incredible amount of gear and supplies had been left behind.


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Day 10 - August 10, 2012 - Novaya Zemlya then Kara Sea and Barents Sea en route Franz Josef Land, Russia

The Silver Explorer was experiencing a very strong high Arctic storm, something that is quite unusual at this time of the season.  


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Day 11 - August 11, 2012 - Wilczek and Hall Islands, Franz Josef Land, Russia 

Cape Tegetthoff boasts a rich tundra with lots of greenery, a lake and the impressive rock wall cutting across that looks like the backbone of a gigantic stegosaurus and ends in two impressive needles just off the beach, all these things and much more make this (in my opinion) a truly spectacular site. 


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Day 12 - August 12, 2012 - Franz-Josef-Land: Rubini Rock, Tikhaya Bay & Champ Island

At 5pm we started the landing at Champ Island. This place is very famous because of its egg-shaped stones.  


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Day 13 - August 13, 2012 - Ice Cruising and Cape Fligely, Franz Josef Land, Russia 

There was a lovely young bear strolling along a large ice floe. He was not at all disturbed by the ship, and actually came towards us as we drifted with the ice.  


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Day 14 - August 14, 2012 - Franz Josef Land, Russia 

The lush green landscape that stretched out at the base of the cliffs gave this destination its name. The profusion of plant life was astonishing, and green mosses and flowers covered the ground in a thick carpet. 


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Day 15 - August 15, 2012 - At sea en route to Murmansk 

The sea is calm, the waves have settled down and the northerly wind pushes us further towards the south, towards warmer temperatures and green trees!  


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Day 16 - August 16, 2012 - At sea, en route to Murmansk 

Northern fulmars circled past the windows as I caught up on what the world has been up to for the past week, ever since we headed north out of the White Sea and into high latitudes where satellite internet coverage is nonexistent.  


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Day 17 - July 13, 2010 - Murmansk, Russian Federation 

It is fascinating how things change. Had we attempted this passage just 20 years ago, all of us would have been arrested, as Murmansk was a port closed to all visitation.  


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Day 18 - July 13, 2010 - Nordkapp, Norway 

Nils is a traditional Sami who, up until the age of 16, lived the traditional Sami lifestyle of reindeer herding.  


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