An Arctic Voyage, 2007


These photos were taken during our "expedition" voyage on MS Explorer in July, 2007, starting at Longyearbyen, in Svalbard (north of Norway, well inside the Arctic Circle).

The voyage took us around the Svalbard archipelago and further north into the polar ice. Our furthest point north was about 82N (just a few hundred kilometres from the North Pole).

During the trip we encountered walruses, polar bears, whales and much bird life, as well as visiting spectacular fjords.

Sadly, only a few months later, in November 2007, Explorer struck an iceberg and sank in the Antarctic. We feel its loss personally and have fond memories of "The Little Red Ship".

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001. Arrival at our hotel in Longyearbyen
1. Arrival at our hotel in Longyearbyen
002. A row of Longyearbyen houses
2. A row of Longyearbyen houses
003.  Longyearbyen shopping centre
3. Longyearbyen shopping centre
004. Leaving Longyearbyen
4. Leaving Longyearbyen
005. Our first zodiac landing
5. Our first zodiac landing
006. Arctic Tern defending its territory
6. Arctic Tern defending its territory
007. Walruses at Poolepynten
7. Walruses at Poolepynten
008. Walruses at Poolepynten
8. Walruses at Poolepynten
009. An older wlarus in the group
9. An older wlarus in the group
010. The older walrus shows off his tusks
10. The older walrus shows off his tusks
011. Walruses swimming at Poolepynten
11. Walruses swimming at Poolepynten
012. Younger walrus checking out the visitors
12. Younger walrus checking out the visitors
013. A final swim past
13. A final swim past
014. Walrus haulout
14. Walrus haulout
015. Another walrus joins the haulout
15. Another walrus joins the haulout
016. A final view of the haulout
16. A final view of the haulout
017. Disembarking the zodiac on return to the ship
17. Disembarking the zodiac on return to the ship
018. Spitsbergen coastline
18. Spitsbergen coastline
019. View from the beach at Amsterdamoyen
19. View from the beach at Amsterdamøyen
020. Another view from Amsterdamoyen
20. Another view from Amsterdamøyen
021. 'Red knot' sandpiper at Amsterdamoyen
21. "Red knot" sandpiper at Amsterdamøyen
022. Eider ducks
22. Eider ducks
023.Our first polar bear sighting
23.Our first polar bear sighting
024. Landing at Fugelsongen
24. Landing at Fugelsongen
025. Little auks at Fugelsongen
25. Little auks at Fugelsongen
026. Little auks at Fugelsongen
26. Little auks at Fugelsongen
027. Little auks at Fugelsongen
27. Little auks at Fugelsongen
028. Little auks at Fugelsongen
28. Little auks at Fugelsongen
029. Hinlopenstretet
29. Hinlopenstretet
030. Ice in Hinlopenstretet
30. Ice in Hinlopenstretet
031. The ice becomes thicker
31. The ice becomes thicker
032. More ice ahead of our ship
32. More ice ahead of our ship
033. Brunnich's guillemots in Hinlopenstretet
33. Brunnich's guillemots in Hinlopenstretet
034. Brunnich's guillemots among the ice
34. Brunnich's guillemots among the ice
035. Ripples on the water
35. Ripples on the water
036. Zodiacs leave Explorer at Alkefjellet
36. Zodiacs leave Explorer at Alkefjellet
037. Zodiacs passing cliffs at Alkefjellet
37. Zodiacs passing cliffs at Alkefjellet
038. Continuing the zodiac cruise
38. Continuing the zodiac cruise
039. Passing across the face of the glacier at Alkefjellet
39. Passing across the face of the glacier at Alkefjellet
040. The bird cliffs of Alkefjellet
40. The bird cliffs of Alkefjellet
041. Brunnich's guillemots
41. Brunnich's guillemots
042. A pair of guillemots on floating ice
42. A pair of guillemots on floating ice
043. Guillemots taking off
43. Guillemots taking off
044. Guillemots taking off
44. Guillemots taking off
045. Brunnich's guillemots
45. Brunnich's guillemots
046. Ice and birds ahead of the ship
46. Ice and birds ahead of the ship.
047. Ice ahead of the ship
47. Ice ahead of the ship
048. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
48. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
049. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
49. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
050. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
50. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
051. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
51. Polar bear and cub on the Arctic ice
052. Polar Bear and cub on the Arctic ice
52. Polar Bear and cub on the Arctic ice
053. Polar bear on the Arctic ice
53. Polar bear on the Arctic ice
054. Polar bear sitting on the ice watching the ship leave
54. Polar bear sitting on the ice watching the ship leave
055. Fin whales appear beside the ship
55. Fin whales appear beside the ship
056. Fin whale beside the ship
56. Fin whale beside the ship
057. Fin whale beside the ship
57. Fin whale beside the ship
058. Fin whale ahead of the ship
58. Fin whale ahead of the ship
059. Fin whale beside the ship
59. Fin whale beside the ship
060. View from the beach at Phippsoya Island
60. View from the beach at Phippsøya Island
061. Explorer at Phippsoya Island
61. Explorer at Phippsøya Island
062. Pack ice
62. Pack ice
063. Explorer splitting the ice
63. Explorer splitting the ice
064. Sabine and the polar ice
64. Sabine and the polar ice
065. Polar ice
65. Polar ice
066. Polar ice
66. Polar ice
067. Ahead is the edge of the pack ice
67. Ahead is the edge of the pack ice
068. Kittiwake at the edge of the polar ice cap
68. Kittiwake at the edge of the polar ice cap
069.  We arrive at the Andoyen Islands in Liefdefjorden
69. We arrive at the Andøyen Islands in Liefdefjorden
070. A polar bear is sighted
70. A polar bear is sighted
071. Polar bear
71. Polar bear
072. The polar bear moves on
72. The polar bear moves on.
073. Polar bear
73. Polar bear
074. Polar bear
74. Polar bear
075. The bear leaves us
75. The bear leaves us
076. Zodiacs at Andoyane Islands
76. Zodiacs at Andøyane Islands
077. Polar bear in the water
77. Polar bear in the water.
078. A vegetarian bear!
78. A vegetarian bear!
079.Polar bear floating on his back
79.Polar bear floating on his back
080. Polar bear checking the zodiacs
80. Polar bear checking the zodiacs
081. Polar bear
81. Polar bear
082. The bear moves on
82. The bear moves on
083. Arriving at Monacobreen
83. Arriving at Monacobreen
084. Floating ice near Monacobreen
84. Floating ice near Monacobreen
085. Gulls on floating ice at Monacobreen
85. Gulls on floating ice at Monacobreen
086. Monacobreen
86. Monacobreen
087. Zodiac near the glacier
87. Zodiac near the glacier
088. Monacobreen glacier
88. Monacobreen glacier
089. Floating ice with glacier
89. Floating ice with glacier
090. Floating ice at the Monacobreen glacier
90. Floating ice at the Monacobreen glacier
091. an ice cave in the glacier
91. an ice cave in the glacier
092. Ice falling from the glacier
92. Ice falling from the glacier
093. After the ice fall
93. After the ice fall
094. Explorer in the distance, with floating ice
94. Explorer in the distance, with floating ice
095. Explorer
95. Explorer
096. Hornsund fjord
96. Hornsund fjord
097. Explorer in Hornsund fjord
97. Explorer in Hornsund fjord
098. Floating ice in Hornsund
98. Floating ice in Hornsund
099. Zodiac moving toward the Muhlbacher glacier
99. Zodiac moving toward the Muhlbacher glacier
100. Moonrise in Hornsund fjord
100. Moonrise in Hornsund fjord
101. Lacework of clouds above Hornsund glacier
101. Lacework of clouds above Hornsund glacier
102. Muhlbacher glacier
102. Muhlbacher glacier
103. Muhlbacher glacier
103. Muhlbacher glacier
104. Blue ice surfacing as the glacier 'calves'
104. Blue ice surfacing as the glacier "calves"
105. The surge of blue ice continues
105. The surge of blue ice continues
106. The upheaval of blue ice continues
106. The upheaval of blue ice continues
107. Newly created icebergs
107. Newly created icebergs
108. Brash ice swirling after the upheaval
108. Brash ice swirling after the upheaval
109. Brash ice
109. Brash ice
110. Some interesting floating ice in Hornsund fjord
110. Some interesting floating ice in Hornsund fjord
111. Explorer in Hornsund
111. Explorer in Hornsund
112. Back at the wharf in Longyearbyen
112. Back at the wharf in Longyearbyen
113. Leaving Svarlbard
113. Leaving Svarlbard
114. One last view of Spitsbergen
114. One last view of Spitsbergen
 
 
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