Gnålodden and Burgerbukta
August 15, 2018

Wednesday August 15th, 2018   Last expedition day. We landed at Gnålodden for a free stroll around the base of the bird cliff. The guides had set up a secure perimeter, so we did not need armed escorts constantly following us around. We visited a trappers hut and just enjoyed the majestic scenery. The idea […]

Pyramiden
August 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018   We visited the now abandoned township of Pyramiden. This was a soviet era mining community with all the trappings. Now it is home to 10 residents who are available to provide tours and run the local hotel. This would have been quite the place during its “golden era”.     […]

Longyearbyen
August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018 Up early for morning activities. Caroline went on a fat bike tour around town and along the old road to the airport. The bike guide of course had a riffle, because that is what you do when you cycle around Longyearbyen. Stephen visited coal mine number l. This coal mine has […]

Hamiltonbukta and Magdalenefjorden
August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 In the morning is went for a zodiac cruise and bird spotting along the coast of Hamilton Bay, Raudfjord. Of course, there was a glacier to check out as well.             In the afternoon we headed to Magdalenefjorden where we visited a former whaling station. Remains […]

In Search of Polar Bears
August 10, 2018

Friday, August 10th, 2018   Overnight the ship headed North with the intent to find Polar Bear in the pack ice. We woke up to find pack ice all around the ship. We spent a very relaxed morning just cruising in search of the King of the Arctic. Relaxing was over, when around lunchtime we […]

Mushamna and Monaco Glacier
August 9, 2018

Thursday, August 9th, 2018   Up early and greeted with low cloud. It actually felt like we were in the high arctic. Stephen went on the long hike while Caroline opted of the short hike. It was. Nice to be walking in the slightly colder day with the fog on the hills. Both hikes ended […]

Signehamna and Lilliehöökfjorden
August 8, 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018   Signehamna, Krossfjorden. Up early for an invigorating 3-hour hike across rocky terrain, around various lakes and to the foot of a Karlbyeren Glacier. Just as we landed, we were greeted by an inquisitive Arctic Fox. The rest of hike was interpreted for us, including stories of a World War II […]

Alkhornet, Isfjorden
August 7, 2018

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 Morning spent on deck taking in the views as we cruised into Isfjorden. Fine weather and calm seas. In the afternoon we hiked around Alkhornets which is home to many sea birds. This cliff also signals the northern entrance into Isfjorden. The area below the large bird cliff is nourished by […]

Bjørnøya (Bear Island)
August 6, 2018

Monday, August 6th, 2018   Located half way between the northern tip of Norway and the southern tip of Svalbard, Bjørnøya is home to thousands and thousands of birds. We spent a pleasant morning zodiac cruising along the southwest coastline doing a little bird spotting. The morning was misty with the sun coming out in […]

2018 Svalbard Expedition
August 5, 2018

Friday, August 3rd, 2018   Heading North in search of Polar Bears. We journey to Svalbard for an expedition along the west and northwest coasts of Spitsbergen Island. This is likely our last expedition trip on The World, but a great way to finish. We are both very much looking forward to dramatic scenery, learning […]