Lofoten, Bear Island & Svalbard with Sea Endurance
Right now our ship Sea Endurance sails from Bodø towards the pearl of the Arctic, Svalbard. Below can you read a brief summary of the first days of the trip, written by the Expedition Leader on board.
During the first night after leaving Bodø behind, small pods of pilot whales were spotted very close to the ship. The following day we found ourselves at the far end of western Lofoten, anchoring in front of Moskenes Island. We had a good stroll through Sörvågen in the morning and visited the Stockfish Museum in Å in the afternoon. Good timing, since it was raining later on.
We spent the next day on the border to Vesterålen in Digermulen. We were surprised by a cold wind and snow in the mountains, but we could also enjoy a lot of sunshine. The expedition members could choose between a hike to Kejservarden, bird watching at the coastline or even a successful fishing trip - they caught 13 cods!
In the afternoon we sailed into a marvelous and sunny Trollfjorden, observed by two young white-tailed eagles. The rest of the day we sailed through Raftsundet and Sortlandsund, before we headed out on a fairly rough crossing towards the seldom visited Bear Island.
Travelling through the stunning Norwegian coastal landscape on a small expedition cruise ship is simply hard to beat. Lofoten islands welcome with picturesque fishing villages, squeezed between soaring mountains and quiet fjords. In wintertime Tromsø offers magnificent sceneries over dramatic landscapes and great chances to spot both orcas and humpback whales. If we’re lucky we will also see the magical Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Join us on an unforgettable cruise!
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 51 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.