Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 9: Polar Bear Hunting

At last: our first Polar Bear in the Arctic! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Nanook of the North Friday, July 10, 2015 This morning, I awoke at 6:45 a.m. to discover Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer was stopped in the middle of the ocean. Surrounded by fog with a visibility of maybe half a kilometre on either side of the ship, I figured this morning’s scenic cruising was scratched. At… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 8: Fakesvagen, Svalbard

...I know they'd need more bear guards. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Arctic Wanderlust 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;… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 7: Torellneset, Svalbard

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

Ice Blink Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Today was all about mood and atmosphere here onboard 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,… [Read More]

Live Voyage Report, Barging Through The South Of France

The Roman Arena in Arles. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

If the northern latitudes are too chilly for you (reference to our concurrent Live Voyage Report from Svalbard on Silver Explorer), head on over to our sister site, River Cruise Advisor, where I am recounting our June 17-25 hotel barge cruise (warm and sunny too) from Arles (think Vincent Van Gogh) to Sete. My group of intrepid… [Read More]

In Progress, Live Voyage Report: Exploring Svalbard On Silver Explorer


This week, Aaron Saunders is on a fascinating voyage to the Arctic. I talked with Aaron yesterday via email. He’s dawdling about the Svalbard archipelago on Silver Explorer, island-hopping more or less. I asked if he had seen polar bears yet. “No bears yet – lots of pack ice though,” he responded. Then in what I… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 6: The Polar Ice Cap

Cruising the Polar Ice Cap aboard Silversea Expedition's Silver Explorer! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Exploring the Polar Ice Cap Tuesday, July 7, 2015 I was brushing my teeth when I felt Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer shudder. It wasn’t much – just enough to rattle a few ceiling tiles and create an obvious disturbance beneath my feet. I could feel the ship bounce in place a few times, then return… [Read More]

Silver Explorer Arctic Adventure, Day 5: Magdalenafjorden

A taste of Arctic wildlife in Smeerenburg, Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Adventures in the Land of Blubber and Ice Monday, July 6, 2015 Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer quietly made her way along the smooth-as-glass expanse of the Barents Sea this morning, as we sailed en-route to Magdalenafjorden in arctic Svalbard. With the exception of the temperature, which hovers around 1°C (34°F) and the slate-grey colour of… [Read More]