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Review: Spitsbergen

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Spitsbergen

  • By SilverTraveller Bruce

    3 reviews

  • July 2017
  • Wife
  • Regular holiday
  • Balcony

48 people found this review helpful

We recently travelled around Spitsbergen on the Hebridean Sky with Noble Caledonia.
It was amazing. The sights were incredible. Full of stunning scenery and wild life, which included walrus, whales, arctic fox, and amazing variety of bird life, as well as polar bears. All the staff on board were excellent, and they really made you feel at home. In addition the expedition staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, with zodiac trips almost every day. OK perhaps we were lucky with the weather, which was ‘mill pond calm’ most days? But, overall, it is a truly amazing part of the world and wonderful way to experience it.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • ESW
    over 3 years ago
    Thank you. I shall have to start saving...
  • applegroupie
    over 3 years ago
    We were on the Queen Elizabeth cruise to the fjords in 2012 and Spitsbergen was one of the stops. I remember we had to tender in and it was in June and there was still snow on the ground. We were advised not to wear white as this colour tends to incite the Arctic terns to attack you. They think you are the polar bears attacking their young. Anyway, one lady had on a white coat and another man had on a white baseball cap and both were attacked by terns. The highlight of the cruise was the Magdalena fjord in Svalbard, off the west coast of Spitsbergen.
  • Bruce
    over 3 years ago
    For ESW. The trip was roughly 14 days ... we joined the ship at Longyearbyen and left it at Tromso .. it can be done in the reverse direction and there are a number of companies/ships that operate in the area. Personally I would prefer the smaller ships as they can get to places that others cannot, although at certain times of the year ( - early and late in the season?) an ice breaker might be an advantage. Plenty of the passengers were in their 70's, even 80's and managed zodiacs easily. You get plenty of help, although it is useful if you are reasonably mobile.
  • ESW
    over 3 years ago
    Spitzbergen is somewhere I would love to visit. How long was your trip and where did you join the ship?

    How easy is it to get on and off the zodiacs?