Saturday’s scene: leaving Longyearbyen

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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.

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