Great experiences on board the small ship M/S Stockholm
Our guides are blogging from our ships in the Arctic, and this time can you read more about the amazing adventures our travellers get to experience on board the small and popular ship M/S Stockholm.
31st of May 2017 - Bellsund
We woke up early because a group of belugas had been spotted near the ship that lay in the ice far into Van Mijenfjorden. It was a nice encounter with these little white whales who doesn't have a fin as they always swim close to the ice and underneath it. A walrus also appeared nearby, and we were able to enjoy how it showed its long tusks for us.
Everyone helped to look for more animals from the bridge, more specifically after polar bears, since Expedition Leader David had announced a contest called the first one who finds a bear also gets a prize. We saw many reindeers along the coast of Bellsund, but sadly no bears.
After lunch, we made an excursion with our Zodiac in Recherchefjorden, and during the night, on our way north, we were awakened by David who had seen whales in front of us. It turned out to be both fin whales and blue whales, and it was an incredible experience to see these huge animals that come to Svalbard to eat the krill living in the waters here. What an ending of a amazing day!
1st of June 2017 - Kongsfjorden
In the morning we docked at the quay side of one of the world's northernmost societies, Ny-Ålesund. There are approximately 150 people living here during summer, and about 40 people all year around. They are researchers from all over the world who are running scientific projects here, and many of them examine the climate and the changes of it. Several of us took the opportunity to buy some souvenirs in the little shop before we walked through the village, earning some more knowledge about the coal mining and all the early expeditions that have started here. Adventurers like Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile used Ny-Ålesund as a base for their journeys northward, in their search for honor and fame.
We sailed further into the fjord to admire the magnificent Kongsbreen from the ship. And luck was still with us; we saw a powerful calving of the great ice wall, and the ice created huge waves that made the entire M/S Stockholm rock properly.