FUN-travel: Alkjefellet & Wahlbergoya, Svalbard – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 4

August 29, 2014 by  

Day 42 – Monday, August 11 – Alkjefellet & Wahlbergoya, Svalbard – A&K Arctic Cruise Day 4 – light morning drizzle – mid 30’s– 24 hrs daylight

 Alkjefellet, Svalbard, Norway 2014 6

What I LIKEAlkjefellet, Svalbard, Norway 2014 22

  • 10:15 – 1st expedition in 2nd group – zodiac tour
  • – foggy low clouds hug shore line jagged hills – drizzle stops
  • – 300 ft high cliffs w/high columns caused by erosion jut out of sea
  • – filled w/1000’s of black guillemots
  • breeding pairs occupy almost every inch
  • – constant frantic activity & squawking – some fighting in ocean
  • – baby chicks don’t fly off, they drop off, them swim w/mom
  • – their little feet paddling franticly as they learn how to swim – just too cute!
  • – fabulous 10+ start to the day!
  • 11:45 – return
  • 12:30 – lunch Asian/Chinese theme
  • Nap
  • 3:00 – 2nd expedition in 1st group – wet landing – landscape pretty desolate
  • – timber logs dot the coastline
  • – from Russian logging caught in Arctic tides
  • – there are no trees in the Arctic
  • – some patches of colorful moss & lichen
  • – a dozen walrus hanging out & warming up
  • – get a show when Walter the Walrus rolls himself down beach to water
  • – fabulous 10+ end of day!
Alkjefellet, Svalbard, Norway 2014 16

Momma & Baby

  • 4:30 – happy hour – nice Chardonnay Viognier blend
  • – in room cheese & salami snacks from lunch
  • 6:00 – steam room VG for stiff back
  • 7:00 – expedition recap & tomorrow schedule in theatre Deck 4
  • 7:30 – dinner on Deck 2
Wahlbergoya, Svalbard, Norway 2014 24

Walter the Walrus

  • 10:30 – whale spotting alert – up to deck 7
  • – blue whales are the biggest of all
  • – see a few spouts – not much fanfare
  • 11:30 – to bed
  • No satellite coverage – no internet
  • – just enjoy being in present w/o distraction

Wahlbergoya, Svalbard, Norway 2014 17

What I DON’T LIKE

  • – not as showy as the humpbacks
  • No satellite coverage – like having news channels – no internet

FUN-fact – There is no sun from August to March and full sun the other months.

Wahlbergoya, Svalbard, Norway 2014 10

Balmy Summer Day on Walrus Beach

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