Svalbard Day 7: Colesbukta

    Our last stop before our voyage comes to an end is at Colesbukta, a former Russian coal mining settlement long since abandoned.     A surreal paradise of the abandoned, let the buildings speak for themselves.     Or the local reindeer...

Svalbard Day 6: Kongsfjorden & Engelskbukta

  After suturing up my knee last night, I slept in and skipped breakfast as our ship sailed into Kongsfjorden, an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers.     By mid morning we then moored off Ny Ålesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world...

Svalbard Day 5: Liefdefjorden, Jakobsenbukta, Monacobreen

 After a day on pack ice northwest of Svalbard, today we sailed into Liefdefjorden and landed at Jakobsenbukta for our morning hike.  As everything lately has started to blend and looking the same, we were pleased to see a little difference...

Svalbard Day 4: Northern Pack Ice

  Today was a day of entirely sailing, where we headed into the unreal views of endless pack ice to the northwest of Svalbard. So I set up my office for the day:       This is endless beauty at 80º Latitude.      A day totally...

Svalbard Day 3: The Northwest; Smeerenburg & Ytre Norskoya

  After breakfast on the ship for our third day we approached Smeerenburg.     Our group would luck out this morning in getting randomly selected first for kayaking, taking advantage of the low wind speed and calm waters here.     So at 9am we...

Svalbard Day 2: Tinayrebreen

  After breakfast and another safety briefing on the ship, we fitted ourselves with our musk boots for the week before one more separate orientation for kayakers. They love their orientations on this trip.     After lunch we continued our course to Camp...

Svalbard Day 1: A Long Few Years to Longyearbyen

    It took 3 years for us to get here, and it's finally time to explore Longyearbyen. FYI, if you missed it from yesterday's post when we first arrived, they DO stamp in and out your passport when arriving from Norway to Svalbard, even if Svalbard is...

The Svalbardian Triangle: Pyramiden

  Postponed 3 times over 3 years, we're finally making this voyage happen. It may not be starting off pretty once we arrived, but what matters is that we're here.     Using miles for my first voyage on SAS Airlines, I spent only $70 to snag a Business...

You’re Going to Miss … Wales

 PRESS play and read the post with the music . . .    You’re going to miss signing up what feels like way more than an entire year in advance for a trip already postponed 3 times over 3 years. But perhaps it’s the freedom of the open road...

Meet The Polar Bears!

 Just like we had committed to Wales last week, a trip postponed over 3 times the past 3 years due to the pandemic must eventually follow through in the world of monsooning. And so we finally will with our voyage to the north on Svalbard, with 17 monsooners -- 15...

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