A fast three-hour flight introduced me from Oslo to Longyearbyen, the place I spent the day exploring the native outlets, museums, artwork gallery, and northernmost brewery. This mining city is the gateway to Svalbard and was the right place to relaxation and recharge earlier than embarking on the Sea Spirit for my expedition cruise.
Our first morning greeted us with unbelievable views and icebergs. We took our first Zodiac cruise via a sea of magnificent blue icebergs and made our method towards the Negribreen Glacier the place we bought to expertise our first of many calving occasions.
All through our journey we had some nice land excursions and hikes that took us via snow, mud, and rocky terrain however at all times rewarded us with breathtaking views. Some vacationers had the chance to kayak and absorb Svalbard from a distinct perspective.
Because of the assistance and experience of our incredible expedition crew, we had unbelievable wildlife encounters: reindeer had been plentiful, seals had been playful, and the seabirds appeared to encompass us all through our journey. We even had a number of polar bear sightings from our Zodiacs!
The walrus encounters had been by far my favourite. They’re so playful and swift within the water, however as soon as they arrive on land, they transfer at a sluggish and considerably awkward tempo. I had a lot enjoyable watching and photographing these distinctive animals.
We had the chance to go to Ny-Ålesund, a former mining city and launch pad for North Pole air expeditions. We had unbelievable climate and gorgeous views throughout our tour of this Arctic analysis city.
One in all most unbelievable issues about an expedition within the Arctic is the prospect to expertise the unpredictable climate. One morning we woke to clear blue skies and in the identical afternoon we had been taking a Zodiac cruise within the snow and strolling on the ice—true Arctic climate!
My expedition cruise in Svalbard was a really unbelievable expertise. I used to be blown away by the gorgeous panorama and ever altering layers of texture of colour and would suggest this journey to anybody on the lookout for a novel journey!