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Saturday’s scene: leaving Longyearbyen

2012/01/21by Donna Hull


Arctic scenery is the star as our ship leaves Longyearbyen, Norway

Alan photographed this gorgeous scene as Regent Seven Seas Voyager sailed from Longyearbyen on a Norwegian cruise itinerary that began and ended in Denmark. So where is Longyearbyen?  Located on the island of Sptizbergen in the administrative area of Svalbard, Norway, Longyearbyen is the most northerly town in the world. Voyager was cruising toward the polar ice pack, one of the highlights of the cruise. Unfortunately, about an hour before reaching the ice pack, a passenger’s health emergency required that our ship race back toward Longyearbyen to meet a rescue helicopter in the middle of the Arctic Ocean for an emergency evacuation. Although we didn’t make it to the ice pack, the voyage left me with the desire to return for a boomer cruise adventure in the Arctic. Next time, I want to cruise on an expedition style ship like Silversea’s Silver Explorer to meet the polar bears.

Have your cruised on an Arctic adventure cruise? Post a comment to share your experience. I’m putting this near the top of my boomer bucket list, right after an experience in Antarctica. Now, to convince Alan.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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