A typical day in Spitsbergen – Part 2

With One Ocean Expeditions

During lunch the Captain of the ship will re-position the vessel to a new location and this could take several hours. For some guests, this is an opportunity to catch up on the journal entries, download photos and recharge camera batteries. Mingle with other guests and staff on the outer decks, the lounge or up on the bridge watching the Captain and officers navigate the ship to our next location.

By mid-afternoon, the ship will be in position and a second excursion will be offered. The sequence this afternoon follows much the same theme as the morning. We always suggest you mix up your experiences off the ship. If you hiked this morning, why not enjoy a zodiac cruise this afternoon? Or get creative with your camera and learn a thing or two about image composition from our resident expert photgrapher?

Because of the long Arctic summer light, we may not return to the ship until early evening, between 1800-1900. Many guests enjoy meeting in the bar prior to dinner and the cocktail of the day is always a popular choice during happy hour.

Around 1930-2000, guests are invited to the dining room for a delicious three course meal. The dining room is abuzz with guests and expedition staff sharing their experiences from the day. The Expedition Leader will make a short presentation to re-cap the day and discuss plans for the following day.

The activities for the evening on board the ship will be announced. This may include an impromptu photography workshop in the multimedia room, a ‘fireside chat’ in the bar with one of the expedition team members, or a documentary movie running on the big screen in the main presentation theatre.

Some guests will head out onto the outer decks to enjoy the soft Arctic twilight. Others may enjoy the thrill of a hot water Jacuzzi under the midnight sun – or a hot Finnish sauna! Otherwise, retreat to the quiet space of the ship’s library to read more about the Arctic environment, history and wildlife from one of the many reference books.

If you feel like a nightcap in the bar, perhaps a hot chocolate or herbal tea – that’s another great way to finish the day on board the ship. Otherwise, call it a night and head back to your cabin and rest up in the knowledge that tomorrow will offer just as many fantastic experiences as the day just passed.

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