Are you ready for a weekend sail around the glacier cost of Svalbard? Leaving Longyearbyen on Friday we venture into Svalbard second biggest fjord, Isfjorden for a taste of the Polar regions. Depending on the weather and wind conditions, we either search the different fjord arms of Isfjorden or sneak around the corner to sail northwards. The fjord is full of beautiful glacier fronts, bird cliffs and arctic wildlife. The gulf stream keeps the fjord ice-free for large parts of the year, although sometime the same stream carries tons of drift ice into the fjord. Million years of geological history is visible, and over 400 hundred years of human presence has put its mark on the landscape.
We navigate through wildlife hotspots, but as always luck comes with hard work. Along the way we keep our eyes and ears open to find the best wildlife viewings, as the migratory pattern changes throughout the season and even the day. Over the last years more whales are visiting Svalbard, so we might even see the 200 tons blue whales gliding in the water, where the sound of the blow takes your breath away. Many of us have the Big Five of Svalbard on our bucket list. Therefore keep scanning to spot the Polar Bear, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Svalbard Reindeer and Ivory gull. What will we see this weekend?