PolarQuest’s guides are blogging from the expedition on board Sea Endurance14th-24th August in Svalbard
17th Aug, Day 4 on the expedition; Lågøya & Phippsøya
Already at 1 AM the day started with two magnificent blue whales feeding in a calm ocean. We watched a mother and calf for 2 ½ hours. A unique opportunity to watch the largest animal ever lived on planet Earth. Our morning outing was to a large Walrus haul-out site at Lågøya and the afternoon was allocated for exploration at Sjuøyane. Here we spotted our first Polar bear, younger male, resting on a snow patch above the beach. He nicely showed off by rolling on his back and showing all his paws!
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.