A series of images, documenting the most amazing two week’s, a voyage of discovery cruising accross the Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle enroute to the Svalbard Islands.
Svalbard also known as Spitsbergen, located between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Its island landmass being part of the North Pole Ice-Cap during the winter months, then in the summer, it becomes an island once again, as the surrounding sea ice melts. One of the world’s most remote and Northerly areas, the Islands population is primarily scientists from around the world studying the Arctic Region. Svalbard is known for its remote and rugged terrain, glaciers, frozen tundra, Polar Bears and the midnight Sun.
Our adventure started in Tilbury on the Thames, visiting Norway, Geirangerfjord, and North Cape (Cape Nordkinn), the most northerly point in Europe, enroute to Svalbard. On the voyage back towards home, we called in at the equally beautiful Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands and finally the outer & inner Hebrides of Scotland.
We sailed on ‘MS Marco Polo’, a classic ocean going cruise liner, built as the ‘Aleksandr Pushkin’ in 1965 and renamed ‘Marco Polo’ in 1991. She was a regular visitor to both the Arctic and Antarctic regions due to her ice strengthened hull. Sadly, she made her final journey, ending her 55 years of cruising the world on a beach at the ship-breaking facility in ‘Alang’, India in 2021 to be scrapped.
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