Our travellers got to explore the Northwest corner of Svalbard with M/S Sjøveien. Read more about their adventure here!
Thursday 9, May 2019
After a morning exploring Smeerenburg and Virgohamna in Spitsbergen’s Northwest corner, the M/S Sjøveien sailed yet further into Fuglefjorden to scout for polar bears. After passing the Lestris Glacier (Lestrisbreen), fresh bear tracks were spotted in the snow on shore. The expedition leader decided to drop anchor nearby and head out early to scout the ice by Zodiac. A female polar bear was sighted on the ice within minutes and the second Zodiac was launched for guide and guests. The second Zodiac rendezvoused with the first that lay silently keeping a sight on the hunting bear. The next hour and a half was spent in awe as she silently stalked amongst the drifting floes under a lightly falling snow, jumping, standing, swimming and diving.
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.