Zodiac cruising, walrus & our first polar bears
In 2017, our classic 12-passenger ship M/S Sjøveien started her career as an expedition ship in Svalbard. Read about one of the exciting days on the expedition cruise with M/S Sjøveien, the 17 – 25 June.
The day started with a Zodiac cruise under perfect blue skies and sunshine into the back of Magdalenefjord, experiencing brash ice and viewing ringed seals. We also took our first steps on shore on the 800-metre high Alkekongen for views of nesting Little Auks.
Later we visited the some walrus, resting in the sheltered Gullybukta. Here, we also found nesting Arctic terns were gathered in tens of pairs. More perfect conditions awaited us in Hamiltonbukta where we witnessed the activity of our first Brünnich’s Guillemot and Kittiwake colony, plus our first Polar bear, a mother with two cubs of the year scavenging and nursing on the islets in the centre of the bay. What a day!
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 50 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.