Johan Hiddink

Region: Arctic

Destinations: Svalbard

Ship: m/v Ortelius

We made the cruise Around Spitsbergen in July 2018. It was a remarkable voyage. We saw a lot of the characteristic scenery and environment of the Arctic. Very special was that we saw at least 8 polar bears and as a highlight one from nearby eating a whale carcass. Further the extended glaciers were impressing. The expedition team was terrific and eager to tell about the background of all the things we saw. Our expedtion leader Ali Liddle did a great job and was in control every time that the programme had to be changed by unexpected situations. The team of our hotel manager Szuzanne served very nice meals and took care of our cabins without causing any disturbance. The crew on the bridge gave us the opportunity to look around from a very nice position. Summarized: a top experience.

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