Fog Shuts Down Svalbard…And Silversea Rises to the Challenge

Stuck in the fog aboard Silver Explorer tonight. The fog has almost become an entity in its own right. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sunday, July 12, 2015
This morning, guests aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer disembarked our adventuresome expedition ship in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. We bid the crew – our friends – farewell. We shook hands. We descended the gangway. We left Silver Explorer, and our voyage, behind us – in the past.
Little did we know that six hours later, we’d be back onboard having lunch in The Restaurant.

Silversea provides every guest with a fantastic overview of their expedition...but our real adventure is just beginning! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Silversea provides every guest with a fantastic overview of their expedition…but our real adventure is just beginning! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Following our tour of a foggy Longyearbyen, we made our way to the postage-stamp-sized Longyearbyen Airport. As we pulled up, some bad news: Expedition Team Member Kit came over the bus intercom to tell us our incoming charter SAS flight was delayed in Oslo by at least an hour.
Still, our hopes were buoyed when we came into the airport and were told by SAS staff that the flight “was expected to land any moment.” So, we got our boarding passes, checked our luggage, went through security, and waited.

Silversea gives disembarking guests a full tour of Longyearbyen before their transfer to the airport for their onward charter flight to Oslo. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Silversea gives disembarking guests a full tour of Longyearbyen before their transfer to the airport for their onward charter flight to Oslo. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

For those who think I have a dream job, consider this: I’m supposed to be in Amsterdam tonight for a river cruise that embarks tomorrow, for 15 nights on the Danube. So I used my time at the airport to access the internet and start looking at my options. I figure my hotel stay in Amsterdam can get scrapped; it’s looking unlikely I’ll make my connecting KLM flight. I hit cancel just as Expedition Team member Kit magically came over the airport’s PA system.

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