DAY 9 MORNING: SHIP CRUISING ALONG THE ICE EDGE
On the way to our next destination, we encountered some ice and the Captain decided to cruise along it. So many different shapes, thicknesses and sizes.
DAY 9 EVENING: PHIPPSOYA
Located up north, the furthest north on my trip, this island also had some walruses and this time we were able to land and get close to them. One of the highlights of my trip. The area around was more of a polar desert and all covered in snow. Truly beautiful.
DAY 10 MORNING: BRUCENESET
The Raudfjorden or Red Fjord is named after the red rocks or sandstones that can be found in the area. They are everywhere. And Bruceneset, the landing site, had many next to an old cabin, whalers graves and the grave of a trapper called Erik Matilas.
DAY 10 EVENING: SMEERENBURGBREEN
This glacier was named after the famous Dutch whaling station of Smeerenburg, which is located on Amsterdamoya. We had the amazing opportunity to actually walk on this glacier!
DAY 11 MORNING: RECHERCHEBREEN
The fjord was named after the famous French expedition ship “Recherche”. The landscape is shaped by glacial activities and many cultural remains of Svalbard’s history can be found around the area as well as lots of interesting looking stones.
DAY 12 MORNING: ICE CRUISING
Ice masses in the morning made it impossible to do a landing. However, looking at this sight was totally worth it. Being surrounded by ice is something special.
DAY 12 AFTERNOON: HABENICHTBUKTA
Heading back south, the vegetation and climate changed all of a sudden from snow to tundra. You have open landscapes, flat mountains and a milder climate. A completely different sight again.
DAY 13 AFTERNOON: BYORNOYA
You can find one of the three Norwegian weather and radio stations in the North Atlantic on Byornoya that is still operating. Nine people live there currently. Unfortunately, the waves were too high for safe landing, but instead we managed to go to Walrussbukta. The landscape there was a bit of a change from all the snow.
I hope you enjoyed part 2 of my Hurtigruten Expedition Cruise in Pictures – Svalbard, The Arctic. In case you missed part 1 here is the link for it.
I cannot stress often enough how amazing the Arctic is. It is such a unique, inspiring, peaceful and magical place. The landscape is changing all the time with the different climates, snow, glaciers, ice, mountains and more. Also, there is so much wildlife out there!
Pictures do not do it justice, as it is a million times better when you can see it for yourself. So the best is to go and visit Svalbard!
PS: On this note I would like to mention that I am currently employed by Hurtigruten. However, all the pictures and views are my own. I went there as part of a FAM trip, but I experienced everything as a tourist / guest. With the exception of doing a few emails from time to time. 🙂