Trip Report – Arctic Svalbard July 2016

Sunbathing polar style

Sunbathing polar style

A fantastic trip again with Quark Expeditions on board the Sea Adventurer. Flew to Oslo, overnighted at the airport hotel, then in the morning flew to the wonderful Svalbard to pick up the expedition ship. The trip was to Circumnavigate Spitzbergen with a detour north up to the ice edge at around 81 degrees. Weather was really good for first few days, with blue skies and sparking sea and snow, then a bit misty closer to the pole we got. The number of bears sighted was astounding with 15 being spotted in one morning. Every day we managed one, two, sometimes 3 zodiak landings or cruises and the sea was mostly flat calm, which was a welcome bonus. The ship was very comfortable with spacious cabins and wonderful plentiful food, but the staff made it as only Quark staff do, with their friendliness and comprehensive knowledge of all things polar. My travel buddy and I were delighted to see Woody and Annie, previous expedition leaders, who have a great many years experience sailing on polar seas and who made it a great voyage for us.

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