Thursday 23 July 2015

Expedition: Circumnavigation Spitsbergen, day 1

We were an excited group who met on the pier to board the Fram 04.00 pm this day. We are going on a 7-days long voyage, and we will on this cruise attempt to circumnavigate Spitsbergen! We started our journey in Longyearbyen, the “capital” and the largest society on Svalbard, with around 2000 residents. 

Our first destination on the voyage was Barentsburg, the second largest society on Svalbard with 400 residents. We reached Barentsburg at around 08.00 pm, where we had a guided tour around the city, and enjoyed a fantastic music and dancing show put together by the local people. It was a nice night, and as we were sailing we could enjoy the beatiful scenery and nature in Isfjorden.

After leaving Barentsburg we set sails to the north, and tomorrow we will reach Ny-Ålesund in the morning, and with that we will have covered all the three societies existing on Svalbard.