Nine days aboard MS Origo 




Svalbard in the winter is beautiful, isolated, atmospheric and damned cold.....It never gets dark so deciding when to catch a few hours sleep is difficult as you feel certain that you will miss something in the ever changing landscape. The noise of the ship’s engine, the cracking of the ice and the gliding northern fulmars were all part of the magic.

We were lucky to have six polar bear sightings as well as two orcas that swam alongside the ship for an hour or so. It was midnight when we spotted them and it was the first night of the midnight sun. We were sailing at 80˚37’’ along the pack ice with a steaming ocean that looked like it was on fire which made this such an unforgettable encounter. I have travelled to some beautiful destinations but Svalbard is really special and definitely needs to be revisited.......