Arctic trip: Svalbard 1
I was lucky enough to go on holiday to the Arctic in July. I travelled with world photo adventures and Quark Expeditions around the Svalbard Archipelago. Svalbard is part of Norway and is found a significant distance north of mainland Norway. The main urban centre (Longyearbyen) is at 78 degrees North. During this trip we went north of the 81 degrees latitude.
As is typical with these types of trips, we travelled on a small ship (the Ocean Nova). The excursions were either to shore or zodiac cruising. There were 64 passengers on the trip which lasted 12 nights.
Our excursions included: Lilliehookbreen, Signehmna, Monaco Glacier, Texas Bar, Isflakbukta, Kinnvika, Faksevagen, Diskobukta, Hornsund, Burgerbukta, Bourbonhama, Alkhornet and Barentsburg.
With travelling in July in the northern hemisphere the sun did not set – a very interesting and fun experience – and some of the photos were made at around midnight.
Photographically, my focus (sorry for the pun) was on wildlife, landscapes and stories around the boat. Wildlife highlights included polar bear, arctic fox, blue whale, walrus, reindeer, seal, and diverse birdlife.
Last week I provided a little taster of some photos from the trip via the website I maintain for my best photos (please find here). I have selected twenty photos below to show you today (more to come at a later point).
Linked to the WPC: fun.