Aboard Along Spitsbergen

Jun 09, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


After the business of yesterday with three landings, this morning we had a chance to sleep in a bit with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast. Through the night, we cruised north and woke up in the northernmost part of the Spitsbergen Island, surrounded by ice. It was perfect habitat for scouting the horizon, looking for wildlife. We spent the day on the boat, carefully navigating around massive pieces of ice that surrounded the ship. Because we had the entire day on board the ship, we heard several presentations put on by both guest lecturers and natural history staff. Along the way, we spotted several seals and many species of birds. All the while, we had beautiful weather and calm waters—perfect conditions for the polar plunge! Those who were brave enough jumped into the freezing waters of the Arctic from a platform. After the plunge, the hotel crew onboard set up a barbeque on the rear deck where we had sausages and beer and great music for the afternoon. It was another wonderful day here in the Arctic!

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Max Seigal

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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