Blue whales, Atlantic puffins and calving glaciers in Kongs- and Krossfjorden
PolarQuests guides are blogging from the ship Sea Endurance. Below can you read more about an exciting visit in Kongs- and Krossfjorden.
28th of June 2017
We all woke up excited this morning as David announced a blue whale sighting from the bridge! Everyone was up before breakfast to catch a glimpse of the largest animal to ever live on this planet. We were lucky to get a very close meeting with two different blue whales as they swam next to the ship.
After breakfast we took a trip to the northernmost society on earth, the scientific research town of Ny-Ålesund. An opportunity for some retail therapy and to learn some history in one place was given as we strolled through the village. Mia and David told the story of Roald Amundsen’s journey to the North Pole with the airship Norge, and we also visited the anchorage point for the airship. The cold winds were blowing quite fiercely this morning so we all appreciated a chance to buy a warm waffle from the ladies at the waffle stand in town.
The afternoon brought us to Krossfjorden and the 14th of July Glacier where we had a spectacular meeting with the Atlantic puffin. A small colony has started to congregate at the entrance of the bay and we got to witness courtship behavior and boding between pairs. With the Zodiac engines turned off could we listen to the snaps and crackles of the ice around us and saw a few large chunks fall off the glacier. Then we went ashore for a walk underneath a busy bird cliff and to watch some reindeers navigate the steep cliffs to graze on the plentiful vegetation that had grown under the cliff, fertilized by the bird colony.
As we finish the day we sail further north, and when we wake up there will be ice in all directions!
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.