Arctic Wanderlust

Today, we were treated to two very unique experiences in Svalbards’ High Arctic. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, July 9, 2015
On our third-last day aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer, we were treated to several adventures – as we have been for the past week. In fact, embarkation in Tromso, Norway seems like a dream. It’s hard to reconcile with the fact that we’ve been onboard for a full week; we’ve done and seen so much in such a short time that it almost defies explanation.
Bright skies greeted me this morning when I snapped open the curtains, and I was nearly able to stand on my suite balcony without a coat on. With blue skies, smooth seas and temperatures pushing well beyond 2°C (36°F), it’s positively balmy outside compared with the past few days that have hovered rather consistently around the freezing mark.

Silversea's sturdy Silver Explorer on a beautiful, sunny day. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s sturdy Silver Explorer on a beautiful, sunny day. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I am, as I have mentioned, a horrible creature of habit: I wake at roughly the same time every morning – 6:45 a.m. I shower, dress, and get ready for the day. Part of that day includes stepping outside my suite and collecting The Canadian – a small daily news snippet “newspaper” provided for each and every guest onboard, based on their nationality.

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