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Today, we got a real taste of the moody, ethereal character of Arctic Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Today was all about mood and atmosphere here onbard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we continued to hunt the elusive Polar Bear in Arctic Svalbard.
To kick things off, we started the day with a two-hour overland “hike” (more of a stroll, really) along the gravely shoreline of Torellneset, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard.

This morning, we came ashore in Torellneset, Svalbard for a hike. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

This morning, we came ashore in Torellneset, Svalbard for a hike. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Once again, disembarkation from the ship was conducted by Zodiac groups to ensure Zodiac operations are orderly and efficient. Once ashore, groups were then further subdivided and passed off to one of the Silver Explorer Expedition Team members for a guided walking tour of this fascinating landscape. Even better, each group set off in their own separate direction so that we wouldn’t all be herded along.
With our four polar bear guards minding the perimeter, we joined Expedition Team Member Franz for a fabulous walk – and a great chance to stretch our legs after being at sea for a few days.

Polar Bear Guard and Expedition Team Member Chris on watch. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Polar Bear Guard and Expedition Team Member Chris on watch. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Safe and secure, guests set out on our fantastic walk...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Safe and secure, guests set out on our fantastic walk…Photo © 2015 Aaro

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