- This Svalbard trip on MS Expedition was a perfect, unforgettable experience. The ship is pleasingly small and the category 3 cabins are spacious and comfortable. The food was absolutely delicious, and there was plenty of choice every mealtime. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The expedition staff were accessible, extremely knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions. They made it possible for us to see every kind of wildlife there is to see in Svalbard, including 3 polar bears, one of which came right up to our ship. I can't really describe the emotions I felt while moving through pack ice on the ship, watching polar bears close by. Observing these powerful animals at close range was definitely the highlight of the tour for me. I also enjoyed the daily reviews with the expedition staff, the interesting lectures and the outings in the Zodiacs.Although we traveled as far as 81 degrees latitude, the temperatures were milder than expected, and I would recommend that people take T-shirts as well as thermal underwear, and a hat that does not keep sliding forward under the hood of the excellently well insulating parka. I also recommend spending a day or two in Longyearbyen, which is a fascinating place.
Published on: 21 July 2016