5 September - Isfjorden
PolarQuest's Niklas Nilsson was given the opportunity to travel with our gem M/S Stockholm on a trip in early September - please read his blog post below!
We woke up to a beautiful morning with sunshine and surrounded by snow covered peaks. We had reached the mouth of Isfjorden and the mighty bird cliff Alkhornet. Throughout the morning we devoted ourselves to a long hike and along our way we met several Svalbard reindeer and some Arctic foxes too. The reindeers were currently sweeping their velvety bark from their antlers and they shined bright red. We also saw young male reindeers measureing their power in advance of the upcoming rmating season in October.
After lunch we continued our journey with M/S Stockholm further into Isfjorden for a visit to Ekmanfjorden. The sun was sparkling, the sky was blue and the mountains were beautifully reflected in the calm water. This afternoon's outing to Hemsedal offered a hike along a stream with a waterfall and again we met Arctic foxes and reindeers. When we had reached the height and looked out over the magical landscape and we thought it could not get any better, two of our fellow travellers chose to get engaged - what a wonderful day in Svalbard!