Voyage 7316

Tromso To Longyearbyen

 

 

Day 1 - July 16, 2013 - Tromsø, Norway

Everyone seems to be very excited about this trip, as it is a wonderful destination - definitely one of my favourite places in the world. We will be in Longyearbyen on the 26th with a full appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness, spectacular beauty and natural history of the Norwegian high arctic.


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Day 2 - July 17, 2013 - At sea, en route to Bear Island, Norway

Our day at sea en route to Bear Island was filled with activities onboard - lectures, briefings, and even a glimpse of Atlantic White-sided Dolphins that swam close to the Silver Explorer during tea-time.


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Day 3 - July 18, 2013 - Bear Island, Svalbard

If you ask any of the Expedition Team to name their top locations around the world to conduct a Zodiac cruise, Bear Island is on everyone’s list. Spectacular. Stunning. Amazing. Words simply don’t do it justice.


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Day 4 - July 19, 2013 - Burgerbukta, Svalbard

Another amazing day here in the Arctic – with large glacier calvings, great tundra walks and good birding.


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Day 5 - July 20, 2013 - Discobukta and Kapp Lee, Edgeoya, Svalbard

Our Expedition leader made an announcement for all guests to come up to deck 6 to see the bear, which was just a small spot on the landscape. I quickly went down to my room, grabbed my jacket and spotting scope and headed up to deck 6 to show our guests the bear.


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Day 6 - July 21, 2013 -  Kvitoya, Storoya, - Svalbard 

Our day in the Arctic paradise of Svalbard was an interesting one. Back on the ship, everyone recounted how happy they were to experience the fresh Arctic air, spot Polar bears, and take part in an adventurous Zodiac ride in one of the remotes part of the world.
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Day 7 - July 22, 2013 - Nordaustlandet, Svalbard

The conditions were calm and the light was beautiful. With our Zodiacs positioned on the surface of the water, we enjoyed the dramatic views of the spectacular glacier calving from a completely different angle. The golden sunshine of the early morning sun peeked through the water streams over the impressive ice cliff for a true sight to behold.


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Day 8 - July 23, 2013 - At sea north of Spitsbergen

The early bear catches the seal! With small eyes, but equipped with big binoculars, I headed to the outer decks of the Silver Explorer at 7:00 in the morning. Together with the rest of the Expedition team, I was looking for white fluffy creatures on the sea ice that surrounded our ship. All our guests could have continued their well-deserved sleep, had it not been for the first polar bear sighting of the day at precisely 7:35 a.m.


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Day 9 - July 24, 2013 - Zeipelodden and Faksevagen, Svalbard, Norway

We had just covered the distance from Lagoya to Zeipelodden in less than 9 hours. Calm seas all the way. And today was shaping up to be just perfect for the excursion ashore. No wind, a warm sun – everything was in favor for a 90-minute hike through a ‘Polar Desert’.


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Day 10 - July 25, 2013 - Ny Alesund & 14th July Glacier

This morning, I was awake quite early. What an exciting sight to view the towering snow capped mountains, which ranged around the entrance to Kongsfjorden en route to our planned morning in Ny Alesund!


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