Monday, 9th August, 2010

 


 

 

 

Isbukta and South East

 

Spitsbergen

 

 

Give me this glorious ocean life, this salt-sea life, this

briny, foamy life, when the sea neighs and snorts, and you

breathe the very breath that the great whales respire! Let

me roll around the globe, let me rock upon the sea; let me

race and pant out my life, with an eternal breeze astern,

and an endless sea before.” - Herman Melville (1819-1891)

 

 

 

0700

Early morning tea, coffee and pastries are available in the Lounge/Bar

0730

Wake-up call

0800

Breakfast is served in the Dining Room

0915

We hope to zodiac cruise at Isbukta, south east Spitsbergen

Isbukta (“ice bay”) is the most southerly bay on the east coast of Spitsbergen island. It has a broad, 7 km opening to Storfjord. The Vasil’evbreen glacier complex extends for 20 km, dominating the icy landscape.

The glacier has retreated in recent years and the glacial front is now significantly different from what the navigational charts indicate. Also, the waters surrounding Isbukta are poorly charted, so distance between the ship’s position and our zodiac excursion destination will make for an interesting zodiac ride. The Storfjorden (norg.=great fjord) area, with its late ice break up, is an area that may provide an opportunity to sight polar bears.

 

1230

Lunch is served in the Dining Room

TBA

Cathy will open the Ship Shop. Standby for announcements.

1445

Presentation: Please join Wolfgangfor his talk “The Geological History of Svalbard – 4.6 Billion Years in 46 Minutes” in the Presentation Room

1600

Afternoon tea is served in the Lounge/Bar

1645

Presentation: Please join Tonyfor his talk “Winter Birds: The Birds of Svalbard” in the Presentation Room

1830

Maxwelcomes you to the Bar for Happy Hour

1930

Dinner is served in the Dining Room

2100

Bar Talk: Please join Berna for his bar talk “A Day in the Life….”

 

Please remember to share a few of your photographs for the “Favourite Photos DVD”. Photos can be placed onto the computers in the Presentation Room.