Guests love to come up to the ship’s bridge to spot wildlife from a vantage point. After all of your years up in Svalbard, are your eyes now tuned into spotting wildlife easily in the distance? Or like guests, do you often regularly claim there’s a bear in the distance which turns out to be a mound of snow?
Haha, well... We’d like to believe that experience raises the odds of spotting wildlife, but it should be acknowledged that we’ve had some spectacular spotters amongst our guests as well. The strength in spotting often lies in patience and perseverance and understanding the proportions and size of the wildlife in its surroundings. A good pair of binocular does, of course, help as well.
Where has the RV Kinfish been, and what has it been up to, since you were last in Svalbard?
We ended our Svalbard season mid October this year and stayed in Longyearbyen a couple of days awaiting a storm to pass before transiting down to Tromsø in mainland Norway, a crossing of the Barents Sea that takes around 3 days. We had a couple of weeks standby in Tromsø waiting for the Orca to arrive in the fjords, time well-invested in maintenance work before starting our Orca safari cruises with NWS in the beginning of November. The Orca safaris are something very special, a good highlight to end our operations for the year. As darkness took over by the end of the month, we headed south to our home port of Gothenburg in Sweden, where the ship arrived just a few days ago. Now we have a few months of work scheduled with a visit to the dockyard, all yearly inspections, and upgrades based on feedback from the season. Anyone who owns a ship will know that the work never stops and there are always improvements to be done. If you would like to keep up to date with what the Kinfish is up to, follow @rvkinfish on social media.
What emotions do you feel when you’re taking the RV Kinfish from Sweden to Longyearbyen at the start of a season?
Pure excitement! The weeks before departure for the season is often quite hectic. All lines onboard somewhat marks the end of preparations and the beginning of new adventures. It is just a great feeling!