Day 1: Embarkation and Exploration of Longyearbyen
The embarkation begins at 4 pm. Then, making use of a 24-hour polar day, we set off for Longyearbyen. We visit the interesting Svalbard Museum or the North Pole Expedition Museum and the remains of mining equipment. We can come across a herd of reindeer among beautiful houses already here. We end the day in one of several atmospheric pubs, enjoying the specialties of the northernmost brewery in the world.
For us, this day is a real welcome with the Arctic Land. We leave hospitable Longyearbyen and head for Isfjorden, to the west. When we enter the bays, we meet ice for the first time. We start with a bang. The combination of blue water with white and blue glaciers surrounded by high mountains makes a great impression. But there is nothing to worry – we won’t be lacking in impressions the following days. Before we leave Isfjorden, we stop in Barentsburg to taste the delicacies of Russian cuisine in the Red Bear restaurant.
We leave hospitable Isfjorden and head north. On the way we stop at Poolepynten, where there’s a walrus colony. We disembark and approach the animals. The walruses lying on the beach let us come close enough to observe them in detail and take wonderful pictures and videos. Now we head further north, to Ny-Ålesund.
We stay in and visit Ny-Ålesund for a few hours. Everything is northernmost here – the post office from which you can send a postcard, a cafe, a souvenir shop, the Amundsen monument. Everything smells of the end of the world and the pride of lying at almost 79th parallel.
We move further to the north, in the direction of Magdalenefjorden, leaving behind a semblance of civilisation, but getting wilder and more austere landscapes in return. The nearest 48 hours during a polar day we spend on the exploration of north-western part of Svalbard archipelago. This is the kingdom of the polar bear, which we have a chance to see earlier, but there is the place where they show the most often. So we travel across beautiful fjords, bays, islets in the search of their white king. Shall we meet him in the same places?
Depending on thr ice situation in a given time we have a chance to approach the ice limit and beat our own northern latitude records. Full of impressions and cameras heavy with beautiful pictures, we come back to the south.
We begin our way back to Isfjorden. On the way, we admire beautiful panoramas of high mountains protruding from the sea, surrounded by snow and ice. We stop for fishing in the waters abundant in cods. We sail into Isfjorden and approach its northern branch – Nordfjorden, where we sail in the area of calving glaciers, admiring this incredible process. If there is time we go to Pyramiden to see a part of a post-Soviet surreal world. In these places we say goodbye to the Arctic Land and head for Longyearbyen. It’s time to celebrate the successful trip, sum it up and say thank you.
Day 10: Longyearbyen
Every journey must end. This final day is the time for last Longyearbyen walks, farewells and returning home.
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07.08 - 16.08.2020 (10 days)
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