FUN-travel: Ny-Ålesund & Fjortende Julibreen, Svalbard – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 2

August 25, 2014 by  

Day 40 – Saturday, August 9 – Ny-Ålesund & Fjortende Julibreen, Svalbard – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 2 – full sun w/clouds in distance – high 40’s – 24 hours daylight

What I LIKE Ny Alesund, Svalbard, Norway 2014 14

  • Brought my eye shades
  • *8:30 – Jino makes really hot cappuccino
  • 1st excursion – 9:30 – walk off ship in Ny-Ålesund
  • – most northern town in the world
  • – buy postcards to send to grandkids
  • 10:15 – walking tour sights include:
  • old railway engine
  • Kingsfjordbutikken is the only store
  • original 4 room house – 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room
  • Amundsen monument
  • air ship mast
  • – zeppelin used to fly over North Pole 1926
  • 11:30 – all aboard
  • 11:45 – mandatory briefing on AECO (the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) guidelines
  • 12:30 – 2:00 – lunch – typical buffet w/salad bar – hot & cold meat, fish, veggies – breads & cheese selections
  • 2nd excursion – 2:00 – zodiac to shore, wet landing
  • – no dock, why you need waterproof boots & pants
  • – to Fjortende Julibreen – translates 14th July Bay
  • – named for National Day of France
  • – walk on sandy/pebble beach shore
  • – main attraction glacier 10 mi long
  • – total area of about 75 miles

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  • 4:00 – return & happy hour
  • Nap
  • 7:00 – Captain’s Welcome Reception
  • 8:00 – Dinner – steak, salmon carpaccio, etc, etc
  • – nice table w/couple from Houston – Alice & Bill
  • – & San Francisco mother/daughter – Brooke & Gabby
Fjortende Julibreen, Svalbard, Norway 2014 3

Fjortende Julibreen

Booked the least expensive room – on deck 3

– 200 sq ft & a balcony – close to everything

– all expeditions go from here

– where the main lounge is

Travel motto – you can’t wear an upgrade!

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Fjortende Julibreen

  •  No satellite coverage – no internet
  • – just enjoy being in present w/o distraction
  • After 11 night night

What I DON’T LIKE

  • 5:30 – wake up – too light
  • 7:30 – cappuccino not hot
  • – it is machine not real
Ny Alesund, Svalbard, Norway 2014 17

Original House

FUN-fact – Svalbard means cold edge in Norwegian.

More FF – Longyearbyen is home to the world’s Global Seed Vault. There are 1400 gene banks from 100 countries. 6 million seed samples are housed in an underground vault cut into the mountain and each sample contains 500 seeds. The capacity is 4.5 million seed samples with a maximum of 2.25 billion seeds. They are housed here in the case of a catastrophic event like a nuclear war or world war that would destroy them.

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