The one thing that never ceases to amaze me is just how much can be packed into a polar expedition voyage. It's only a couple of days since I last wrote, but in that short space of time we've seen some more whales from the ship (including around 200 belugas this morning), paddled past immense calving glaciers in the company of bearded seals and walrus, watched thousands of thick-billed murre chicks take their first flight under the hungry eye of an Arctic fox - and even sighted our first polar bear!
A visit to an abandoned marble mine at Ny London (on the island of Blomstrandhalvoya, just off Spitsbergen) provided historical content and then for something completely different we went for a swim in the Arctic Ocean. The word 'swim' may be a slight exaggeration,there was a lot of splashing and screaming though and that's enough to qualify for a successful polar plunge!
Tonight we continue south back towards Longyearbyen, with just one more day at sea left to enjoy - who knows what that may bring? In the meantime we're about to enjoy a BBQ on the deck, and I can't think of a better way to end an adrenalin-filled day!