Circumnavigating Svalbard in the Arctic

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Svalbard is in the Arctic Circle in the far north of Norway. It's the land of polar bears, and I spent two weeks circumnavigating it on the Ortelius expedition ship with Eclipse Travel last summer.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan MayenLongyearbyenSvalbard and Jan MayenAs soon as you step out of the airport at Longyearbyen, you'lre welcomed by a sign that really puts into perspective how far north you actually areNy-Ålesund, Svalbard and Jan MayenNy-ÅlesundSvalbard and Jan MayenNy Ålesund in the Kongsfjord (Kings Bay) is the world’s northernmost research settlement.Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenAlkefjelletSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenThe Alkefillet bird cliffs in Svalbard are a wonder to behold, a seabird city breeding colony of Brunnich’s guillemots. These are the star...Fjortende Julibreen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenFjortende JulibreenSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenFjortende Julibreen is the 4th of July Glacier, a small bay in Krossfjorden in Svalbard with amazing glacier icebergs washed up on the surrounding...Alkefjellet, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenAlkefjelletSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenAn arctic fox hunting on the Alkefillet bird cliffs of SvalbardWhalbergoya, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenWhalbergoyaSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenWhalbergoya is located in the center of the southern entrance to Hinlopen Strait in Svalbard, is a favorite spot for walrusSvalbard 81 N, Svalbard 81 NCruising around the Svalbard ice pack at 81N looking for polar bears on the expedition ship m/v Ortelius with Eclipse TravelSvalbard 81 N, Svalbard 81 NSpotting polar bears hunting on the pack ice in the far north of SvalbardBråsvellbreen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenBråsvellbreenSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenBråsvellbreen ice cliffs, one of the largest icecaps in the northern hemisphereDolerittneset, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenDolerittnesetSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenA reindeer at Dolerittneset, a doleritic peninsula which cuts westward into the sea in Svalbard south of Kapp Lee.Hornsund, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenHornsundSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenHornsund is a fjord on the western side of the southernmost tip of Svalbard filled with tumbling glaciers.Ahlstrandhalvøya, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenAhlstrandhalvøyaSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenAn old trappers hut at Ahlstrandhalvøya in Svalbard in a historic bayRecherchebreen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenRecherchebreenSvalbard, Svalbard and Jan MayenA polar bear on land at Recherchebreen in Svalbard. Nearby is an amazing leaning hut built in 1904 by the Norwegian consul Johannes Gjaever who was...St Jonsfjorden, Svalbard and Jan MayenSt JonsfjordenSvalbard and Jan MayenHiking near St Jonsfjorden in Svalbard
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