Arctic Cruise Adventure Trip Log ( 17 - 31 Jul, 2017) - Tuesday, Jul 18

Tuesday, July 18: Setting Sail
January 2018

An early start allows our charter flight from Oslo to touch down in Svalbard shortly after noon. The sun is high overhead now, and at 80º latitude, we will not see a proper night sky for the remainder of our trip! As our expedition staff prepare our ship, Le Boreal, for departure, we are provided a glimpse into daily life at Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in Svalbard and the former center of the region’s historic coal industry. Relics of this past are visible everywhere— coal carts and pieces of machinery are still glimpsed among the infrastructure of this remote outpost of humanity.

This evening we board the magnificent Le Boreal, where we are greeted by captain Etienne Garcia and the ship’s officers. Over a glass of champagne we situate ourselves with this state-of-the-art expedition ship and take a few moments to rest in our luxury staterooms. After checking in and conducting the mandatory abandon ship drill, we hear from our cruise director Susana and expedition leader Matt, who briefly discuss our plan for the upcoming few days as we scour the Svalbard archipelago for wildlife. After a long day of travel and our first dinner aboard the ship, the lines are cast free and we are finally at the top of the world!

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