NWS client Caron returns to the Arctic for her second Svalbard safari
I first visited Svalbard in July 2016 with Natural World Safaris, the year that a dramatic decrease in sea ice meant that we could actually circumnavigate the Svalbard Archipelago. Although this presented us with an amazing opportunity, it was chilling to see the extent of the decline in the sea ice. The Norwegian Ice Service tweeted, “This is the lowest area for this day of the year in our records dating back to 1967”.
This previous trip was a Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer expedition aboard the M/S Freya. This year I returned in May on a photographic safari with Chase Teron on the M/V Kinfish. The ice was thick and we could only navigate the western edge of Svalbard – a totally different experience but each with their own merits.