Discovering Mr Bear
We had no idea what to expect from our Arctic trip as we left home armed with the recommended winter clothing and new camera.
Having overnighted at Longyearbyen, we met our fellow passengers and boarded Freya. There were 10 paying passengers including ourselves, Lorna who works for National World Safaris, Shannon and Russ, well known photographers, and video expert and Mats and Oskar, our experienced guides. There was also the lovely Gabby, our boat general manager, a very good cook and the remaining members of the crew, all very friendly and kind. We immediately bonded very with everyone and very much enjoyed hearing their stories. One that sticks in my mind was Oskar telling us of his adventures whilst filming the Hunt.
It was decided that we would motor north directly to get to the pack ice as quickly as possible because a storm was moving in. This meant about 24 hours of pure sailing overnight into the following afternoon.
We enjoyed watching the scenery and wildlife from the decks, it wasn’t long before we spied a whale and the blue colour of the ice was something we continued to marvel at.