In order to make the most of our time in the arctic, we’ll be traveling by boat. It allows us to explore the coasts of Svalbard; weaving in and out of fjords, bays, and the surround ice while looking for polar bears and other arctic wildlife.
The ice dictates our journey – we are completely at its will. Each morning, we study ice charts, wind direction, and speed, as well as sea state. But the ice information is the most crucial element – it tells us where we can and can’t go. The heavy, dense, and slow-moving ice can block access while the fast-moving ice can surround the vessel in no time.
Our boat, the Malmo is well equipped to handle the ice. It's also perfect for scouting out the stunning seascape with its expansive wooden decks. There's plenty of room for its 12 passengers.
Before we got aboard the boat, I took the photo below of a stuffed bear outside the local market... juuuust in case the bears are shy during our journey. At the very least, I have one bear photo of my trip to Svalbard!