We are in the northwest area of Svalbard. Our morning found us in Fjortendejulibukta, a lovely fjord with steep sides and a massive glacier at the end. The sun shined brightly and the wind was quiet. It was a perfect day for a hike and some Zodiac cruises. Thick-billed murres, also called Brunnich’s guillemots, flew in organized lines to and from the sea-swept cliffs. Out we went. Hikers headed up the snowy hills of Redingerpynten, where ptarmigan can be found. A mixed-aged group of reindeer watched closely as the hikers climbed to a level spot for a view of glacial dominance on the land. Meanwhile, the Zodiacs approached the nesting cliffs of murres, Atlantic puffins and black-legged kittiwakes. The reindeer, on their stout legs, beckoned a closer view and we watched them slowly graze the emerging vegetation on a hillside that is called Stephan’s Garden by Lindblad staff.