Please read about M/S Stockholm's travellers who went out on an unforgettable Zodiac cruise a couple of weeks ago.
This morning was another example of patience paying out. Early in the morning we saw a polar bear mother and her cub in the far distance.
Later, we parked our Zodiacs at the ice edge, turned off the engines and enjoyed the silence. Shortly after a couple of bearded seals showed their interest in us. We decided to walk for a bit along the stable ice edge of the fast ice when we were spotting a pod of beluga whales in the distance; swimming along the productive zone of the fast ice edge. These animals are easily affected by noise, so we were quietly waiting along the ice edge if they would pass us. And then suddenly the whales popped up just next to us. At least 40 of the animals were constantly appearing around us and every one of us was stunned by the looks and the breathing sound of the huge pod. Eventually they left us for feeding under the ice edge again and everybody was left speechless and unbelievable happy. Our highlight of the trip!
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.