If You Have to Be Stranded Somewhere…Be Stranded On Silversea

Silversea's Silver Explorer in heavy fog at her anchorage off Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Our unexpected delay when fog closed the airport is actually a gift. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Explorer in heavy fog at her anchorage off Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Our unexpected delay when fog closed the airport is actually a gift. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Monday, July 13, 2015

Longyearbyen!

It’s becoming the buzzword of the day aboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer as we enter our second full unscheduled day onboard after fog shutdown Longyearbyen Airport and SAS cancelled our charter flight to Oslo for two days. Any time something inexplicable happens, guests just throw up their hands and say, Longyearbyen!

Day breaks, but the fog that cancelled our charter flight yesterday from Longyearbyen still remains. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Day breaks, but the fog that cancelled our charter flight yesterday from Longyearbyen still remains. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

More than just a state of mind, Beautiful Downtown Longyearbyen, Svalbard was ours to explore today. I use the phrase slightly tongue-in-cheek, because at first glance Svalbard’s largest settlement has all the sparkle and charm of Dickensian workhouse. You know. The kind where Oliver Twist begs for food. That kind. The whole thing looks like the set of a Michael Bay movie without the explosions.

But, in its odd way, Longyearbyen is charming. You just have to let it in.

Silversea ran a continuous Zodiac shuttle service for us to go ashore and make the most of our unscheduled day in Longyearbyen. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Silversea ran a continuous Zodiac shuttle service for us to go ashore and make the most of our unscheduled day in Longyearbyen. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Walking into town along the only major road in the city. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Walking into town along the only major road in the city. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Silversea Expeditions’ Silver Explorer has sadly come to a close. A full recap and updated ship tour will follow in August. Be sure to follow along with all our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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