Arctic Cruise: Day 2

DAY 2 - Saturday, 25 June 2022 - Hornsund: Svalbard's southernmost fjord with 8 glaciers cascading into the water - SPECTACULAR! Whale bones dating back to circa 1620!

Itinerary: Longyearbyen – Hornsund – Negribreen – Wilhelmoya – Texas Bar – Monaco Breen – 81 Nord – Ny-Alesund Glacier – 4 July Glacier

Ordered room service breakfast, read my book, wrote my diary, watched a film, had a nap, gazed out at the view from the balcony, chatted to Paul on the phone, ordered Chicken Caesar Salad room service with a glass of white wine – actually cannot remember when last been this relaxed! The captain had been amazing and had arranged a private zodiac for the four of us with a member of staff who had just recovered from Covid. We think that they had actually forgotten about us because they arrived instantly yo pick us up when we called at 4pm.

We disembarked in a bay called Kvalvågen, Boltodden. We had a view of the abandoned bowhead whaling station dating back to circa 1620 with bones strewn about in Hornsund Horn Sound. Below is the older one of two huts near the shore at Boltodden. It was probably built in 1923 by the British “Northern Exploration Company” (NEC) to claim the area in case coal or other minerals would be found later. The bones are mainly jaw bones and nape of neck bones. Thousands of whales were slaughtered here.

Headed back to the ship for a delicious dinner for one. I watched Jane Goodall and another film – lots of tears. early night!

Here are a series of scenic photos taken by the Ponant photographer which captures the spectacular views from the ship.

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