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We set out crossing Isfjorden towards Ymer Bay, and the Esmark Glacier. With vast opportunities to experience the arctic wildlife, keep your eyes open and look for whales, seals and a plethora of birds. And if we are really lucky, a Polar Bear might be roaming around by the glacier.
The guide on board the ship will tell about the history of Longyearbyen, glaciers, arctic wildlife, and possibly also a “polar tall tale” or two…
A warm lunch is served by the glacier.
Marinated whale meat, baked salmon and pork rib, is on the menu. Served with a pasta salad, rice and our own locally baked bread.
(A vegetarian option is available at the time of reservation, for an additional fee of NOK 50,- per person.)
If weather and ice-conditions allow, we will dock in Barentsburg, where the English speaking Russian guide is waiting to take us on a tour of the city. If time allows, it will be possible to explore a little on your own, before the ship takes us back to Longyearbyen again. In Barentsburg you will find a postoffice, a souvenir shop as well as a local brewery.
On our way back to Longyearbyen, we will pass by the abandoned Russian coal mining installations in Coles Bay and Grumant, as well as making a slow pass by the bird cliffs.