If you follow ultra-luxury line Silversea on their Facebook page, chances are you’ll have noticed some great photos of a few of the truly exceptional experiences that guests aboard the intimate Silver Explorer as she sails her Arctic Expedition itineraries. They’ve graciously allowed me to share them here as well.

Guests aboard the Silver Explorer admire the Northern Lights high above Canada's Arctic. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Guests aboard the Silver Explorer admire the Northern Lights high above Canada’s Arctic. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Northern Lights above Baffin Island. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Northern Lights above Baffin Island. Photo courtesy of Silversea

Capable of carrying just 132 guests, the Silver Explorer is Silversea’s adventurous luxury expedition vessel that offers all the sumptuous touches that the line’s guests have come to expect (anyone here love the scent of the Bulgari toiletries as much as I do?), coupled with itineraries that explore some of the farthest reaches of this world.

Yesterday, Silver Explorer set sail on a 14-day voyage from Churchill, Manitoba in Canada to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland that explores the Hudson Bay and includes stops in some of the least-visited islands and inlets in Arctic Canada and Greenland.

Silver Explorer's current itinerary will take guests from Churchill, Manitoba to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Illustration courtesy of Silversea

Silver Explorer’s current itinerary will take guests from Churchill, Manitoba to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Illustration courtesy of Silversea

In this respect, the Silver Explorer is actually sailing into areas that have been virtually untouched since the first explorers and traders ventured here centuries ago, obsessed with finding the fabled “Northwest Passage” – the mythical link that, it was thought, would open up trade between Europe and Asia.

Of course, in reality the Northwest Passage is choked with ice and littered with navigational hazards that include towering icebergs and rocky mountain outcrops, negating its usefulness as a trade route. But as an adventure cruise, few areas of the world can match the high Arctic in terms of sheer beauty and remoteness.

 

Where is Silver Explorer headed in 2014? Somewhere very special. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The bow of Silversea’s Silver Explorer in Brodick, Scotland. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

When she arrives in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland on September 8th, Silver Explorer will immediately set sail on her next adventure as she continues to work her way south for a season of sailings in Antarctica. This 17 day voyage will take the ship and her guests south to Halifax, Nova Scotia via Greenland and the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

On Silversea, it's all about choice. After all, true luxury is choice. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

On Silversea, it’s all about choice. After all, true luxury is choice. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

I’ve become particularly fond of the Silver Explorer since sailing aboard her last year on a stunning expedition from Portsmouth, England to Greenock, Scotland. Although it’s easy to see her appeal in the harsh polar regions, Silversea didn’t skimp on the British Isles experience either. In ten days aboard the Silver Explorer, I saw and explored castles, manor houses, deserted islands, the Giant’s Causeway, and so much more – all via the ship’s super-fun, inflatable Zodiac rafts.

Silver Epxlorer's size lets her sail into almost any port in the world, while her onboard zodiacs allow for shore landings in the most remote locations. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Silver Epxlorer’s size lets her sail into almost any port in the world, while her onboard zodiacs allow for shore landings in the most remote locations. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

That’s why, when I see these beautiful photos of the Northern Lights, I honestly feel little pangs of envy.

I know firsthand that those guests currently aboard her must be having the experience of a lifetime.

Silver Explorer in the background, flanked by one of her Zodiac rafts and several guests.  Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Silver Explorer in the background, flanked by one of her Zodiac rafts and several guests. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Read our full Live Voyage Report from onboard Silversea’s Silver Explorer as she made her way ‘round the British Isles through England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland!

 

One Response to Silver Explorer’s Northern Lights Adventure

  1. Would have loved to have been on that ship and see the Northern Lights! What amazing pics and an incredible experience for those guests.

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