The latest edition of this polar travel series offers a look into a fantastic fjord-filled expedition cruise with our Senior Polar Specialist Kasey Green, who enjoyed a polar bear-spotting 12-day Svalbard Odyssey voyage with AE Expeditions.
The Svalbard Archipelago.
I flew to Oslo and then onto Longyearbyen, we then cruised throughout the Svalbard Archipelago, reaching areas that only polar class ships could travel.
This was my first time travelling to Svalbard.
I enjoyed being in Storfjorden and the attempts to travel up through the icy fjords.
Carving through the ice was certainly one of my most memorable moments, as well as seeing the elusive polar bear! We also made an ice landing where the captain stopped alongside the ice and allowed all the guests to disembark from the gangway, straight onto it. Here we had a nice walk and some hot chocolate!
I enjoyed the hikes up through the fjords and also the zodiac cruising.
A good pair of gloves that are not too bulky, a decent pair of binoculars and some thermals.
I enjoyed all the meals on my trip – the chefs did an amazing job!
This video I took as we were carving through the ice on the Greg Mortimer. The sounds made by the creaking ice were equally as impressive as the way the ship cut through it all.
Awe-inspiring. Speechless. Perfect!