Oftentimes, the bridge is the first place wildlife is spotted. Therefore, if you're spending time in the bridge you have the most likely chance of seeing a fleeting glimmer of a whale spouting next to the ship or a rare bird flutter past the window. It is also great to have an expert on hand to tell you what exactly it is you have spotted when you're not 100% sure! On our particular expedition, our first polar bear sighting was spotted from the bridge by Mark, one of the guests on the ship.
Being up on the bridge also gives you the chance to find out which wildlife sighting is coming up so you can prepare you camera gear in plenty of time before arriving at your destination. On day 7 of our journey, we arrived into Love Fjord and John and I happened to be in the bridge when Oskar grabbed our attention and pointed out the window. A small chunk of the beautiful iceberg in front of the ship had just broken off and fallen into the water. What happened next is something I am probably unlikely to ever witness again. The whole iceberg started to move, thanks to the changing balance, and flipped entirely until the stunning blue ice that had been under the water was now in full view. It was a spectacular, natural world occurrence that I was lucky to be in the right place to experience.