50 shades of blue
Please read a blog post about when M/S Stockholm's expedition members visited the former mining settlement Pyramiden.
Today we visited the Russian settlement Pyramiden. Our local guide came to the pier to pick us up and showed us all the interesting things to see in this former ghost-town. Pyramiden was once a mining town, before it was abandoned 1998. It was a ghost town for almost ten years before the Russians slowly took up some tourist activities again. There is still a lot to see from that time, when about 1000 people lived there, in what was considered as "the perfect Arctic settlement“. After lunch we went into Petuniabukta where we saw a polar bear mother with her young one walking along the shoreline, swimming in the water and even if we stayed at a good distance, it was an amazing experience!
During the afternoon we enjoyed a Zodiac cruise in front of Nordenskiöldbreen, and it was just marvellous. The ice shined in all different shades of blue. We saw an ivory gull flying by and found a small, protected bay where we could park the Zodiac and walk over the moraine and finally even could set foot on the glacier. What an experience! Back on the ship, the "bravest ones“ among us threw themselves into the ice cold water, surrounded by brash ice and ice floes - a polar plunge! After warming up with an aquavit and a warm shower, it was time for us to move to our next destination, Hemsedalen. We did not get far at all though: short after lifting the anchor and sailing out of the fjord, around 60 belugas showed up in the horizon and soon they were swimming close the ship! What a sight!
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.