A polar bear day
Our guides are blogging from our expedition cruises on board Sea Endurace.
2 July 2015
In the afternoon we learned about sea ice and tiny creatures depending on it, just as we reached the ice edge itself. With reduced visibility we sailed along the edge until after dinner, when a polar bear was spotted in the mist. By getting closer we soon counted several bears. In the vicinity glaucous gulls and ivory gulls were resting. All bears were very fat and lazy laying on the ice. They must have had a proper feast just before we found them. There was no time to go to bed. Every once in a while we were called out on the decks by Adam, our expedition leader, as some of the bears came closer to the ship. A wonderful day in the Arctic!
Since 1999, we have taken travellers on once-in-a-lifetime trips to Svalbard. From May to September our three small expedition ships, carrying only 12 and 53 passengers, explore this magnificent Arctic archipelago. Unpredictability and flexibility are the main keywords when you travel with PolarQuest as the exact route depends on weather, ice conditions and wildlife encounters. Sometimes you might be woken up in the middle of the night if a polar bear has been spotted on the ice.