At 10 days in length, this voyage takes in the beauty of the frozen Arctic in Svalbard, before sailing south to the picturesque Norwegian coast. This cruise is aboard the Silver Cloud Expedition and will take place between the 12th and 22nd July 2019.
The journey begins in Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard where you will see the pretty painted houses in the town at the top of the world. The trip will begin with you meeting the expedition team. You will also attend a Zodiac briefing as well as an Arctic regulations refresher session that will outline the best practice and environmental policies that all guests must adhere to in this pristine, natural wilderness. You will also be taken on a tour of the ship and have a chance to familiarise yourself with the sophisticated and elegant Silver Cloud as well as meeting your like-minded travellers.
The itinerary in Svalbard is flexible and allows the Silver Cloud to take advantage of favourable weather and ice conditions in the Arctic. The activities available include Zodiac cruising among ice floes, guided walks along the shore. Each day the Captain and expedition leader will set out the plan letting guests get the most out of the voyage and maximising their chances of seeing the incredible wildlife of the Arctic, including Arctic foxes, bearded seals and Northern Fulmars.
There might even be the chance to encounter several species of whale including Minke and Beluga.
Bear Island is the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. Its rocky cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds, watch as they soar from their perches into the icy waters below, grabbing what tasty morsel they can find.
If conditions allow, you will get into the Zodiacs and explore the rocky coastline.The vast colonies of seabirds on Bear Island include common guillemot, Brünnich's guillemot, little auk,black-legged kittiwake, northern fulmar and glaucous gull.
The Gjesværstappan Islands were designated a nature reserve in 1983 to protect their large colonies of cliff breeding seabirds including great cormorant, common shag, black-legged kittiwake, common guillemont, razorbill, thick-billed murre as well as atlantic pufffins and northern gannet.
Tthe Silver Cloud will anchor off Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world”, and, weather conditions permitting, head ashore via Zodiac. We will travel by coach to the North Cape where you can admire the glorious scenery, stop in at the visitor’s centre and take photos at the famed globe monument. On a clear day the panorama is quite spectacular. On the return to Silver Cloud we will watch for reindeer grazing on the surrounding hillsides.
Tromsø surprised visitors in the 1800s: they thought it very sophisticated and cultured for being so close to the North Pole—hence its nickname, the Paris of the North. It looks the way a polar town should—with ice-capped mountain ridges and jagged architecture that is an echo of the peaks. The midnight sun shines from May 21 to July 21, and it is said that the northern lights decorate the night skies over Tromsø more than over any other city in Norway.
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