Nanook of the North

Polar bear! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, July 10, 2015
This morning, I awoke at 6:45 a.m. to discover Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer was stopped in the middle of the ocean. Surrounded by fog with a visibility of maybe half a kilometre on either side of the ship, I figured this morning’s scenic cruising was scratched.
At breakfast, the fog lifted. We could see the shore, but it was off in the distance. We were sailing in the middle of the channel in a wide, expansive fjord bookended once again by the ubiquitous snow-covered hills and mountains that have become the staple scenery of our Arctic expedition.

Entering the misty fjord known as Woodfjorden early this morning, in hunt of the elusive Polar Bear. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Entering the misty fjord known as Woodfjorden early this morning, in hunt of the elusive Polar Bear. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

As I chatted with some other guests at breakfast, I noticed we were moving, but just barely. Calling our forward motion two knots would have been generous. With nothing to really miss, scenery wise, outside, I figured our chances of reaching Longyearbyen with our liv

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