Join us for a journey from Northern Norway to the fjords of Svalbard, visiting Bear Island and isolated and remote areas of Svalbard. Aboard the Silver Cloud or on her Zodiacs, you will witness spectacular bird cliffs in Bear Island. Find yourself marvelling at the amounts of guillemots and gulls that congregate using these cliffs to nest. In Svalbard, you will encounter captivating landscapes, mountains, fjords and glaciers while looking for walrus and polar bears. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife, botany and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Bear Island, Norway –
Close to 9 kilometers of cliffs are home to some of the largest bird colonies of the Northern Hemisphere, located on Bear Island. Common Guillemots, Brünnich’s Guillemots, Little Auks, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, and Glaucous Gulls are all found along the cliff. Other species have been observed, including Atlantic Puffins and even Northern Gannets. Weather depending, we will take the Zodiacs to explore the rugged coastline.
Svalbard Southern Region, Norway –
In the southern region of Svalbard, we will enter fjords, searching the ice and the shores for seabirds, walruses, seals, and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to these mystical settings. Silver Cloud’s Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
Svalbard Northern Region, Norway –
Silver Cloud will be cruising in the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, an area rich in natural variety and cultural history. This area is influenced by the relatively warm West Spitsbergen Current and is mostly ice-free. Conditions permitting, we might head out in the Zodiacs for cruises within the park and for landings to see wildlife and historical sites.
Weather permitting, the Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of the Arctic in silence.
- See how challenging life in Svalbard was until the airport near Longyearbyen opened in 1975.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Polar bear and Svalbard reindeer
- Bearded seals, grey seals, harbour seal, and walrus
- Humpback whales, fin whales, blue whales, and beluga whales
- Birds of note: Barnacle Goose, Common Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ivory Gull, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Snow Bunting, Arctic Tern, Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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