Silver Cloud 02/07/19-12/07/19
Join us for a journey from Northern Norway to the fjords of Svalbard, visiting Nordkapp, isolated islands and remote areas. In Northern Norway, reach Nordkapp to stand at mainland Europe’s northernmost coast. Aboard the Silver Cloudoron her Zodiacs, you will witness spectacular bird cliffs in the Gjesverstappan Islands, Bear Island and Svalbard. Find yourself marvelling at the amounts of puffins, guillemots and gulls that congregate using these cliffs to nest. In Svalbard, you will encounter captivating landscapes, mountains, fjords and glaciers while looking for walrus and polar bears. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife, botany and history of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.
Nordkapp, Norway –Watch for reindeer that graze the tundra on the way to reach what is officially claimed to be mainland Europe’s northernmost point, Nordkapp. At the Nordkapp take your time to study the different monuments, and imagine what it must be like to live in a place where the sun does not set from the middle of May to the end of July.
Gjesverstappan Islands, Norway –Almost a hundred islands and rocks make up the Gjesverstappan Nature Reserve, one of Europe’s largest and most accessible nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds. The islands have one of the largest Atlantic Puffin colonies in North Norway. From our Zodiacs (if weather conditions allow), we will look for Atlantic Puffins and the other species such as Northern Gannets, White-tailed Eagles, Common Eider Ducks, Great Cormorants, auks, fulmars, petrels and Arctic Skuas that bring the number of nesting birds to almost 2 million.
Bear Island, Norway –Close to 9 kilometers of cliffs are home to some of the largest bird colonies of the Northern Hemisphere, located on Bear Island. Common Guillemots, Brünnich’s Guillemots, Little Auks, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, and Glaucous Gulls are all found along the cliff. Other species have been observed, including Atlantic Puffins and even Northern Gannets. Weather depending, we will take the Zodiacs to explore the rugged coastline.
Svalbard Southern Region, Norway –In the southern region of Svalbard, we will enter fjords, searching the ice and the shores for seabirds, walruses, seals, and polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac landings will bring us up close to these mystical wintry settings. The Expedition Leader and Captain will determine Silver Cloud’s best course, depending on changing weather, ice conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
Svalbard Northern Region, Norway –Silver Cloud will be cruising past majestic red Devonian sandstone mountains to reach the end of Liefdefjorden, for a Zodiac cruise along the 5-kilometer-long front of Monacobreen and the neighboring Seligerbreen. This is a great place to look for seals, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Ivory Gulls.With the reinforced hull of Silver Cloud, we have the perfect platform to search for walrus and polar bears as we devote time to explore the pack ice north of Spitsbergen. Conditions permitting, we might head out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.
Kayaking –Weather permitting, the Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of the Arctic in silence.
Meet a reindeer herder near Nordkapp (North Cape).
See how challenging life in Svalbard was until the airport near Longyearbyen opened in 1975.
Wildlife Watch List:
Polar bear; reindeer in Northern Norway and Svalbard reindeer in Svalbard; Arctic fox
Bearded seals, grey seals, harbour seal, ringed seal, and walrus Humpback whales, minke whales, beluga whales
Birds of note: Barnacle Goose, Common Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ivory Gull, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Snow Bunting, Arctic Tern, Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.