The sea reflects the morning sun like a mirror when you enter MS Langoysund to head to the Esmark Glacier and Barentsburg. The crossing to Oscar II Land takes you to the middle of the fjord, and you'll be surrounded by views of the fantastic nature and mountains which were pressed up out of the ocean many millions of years ago.
After lunch in this panoramic setting you'll head toward Barentsburg, Svalbard’s Russian capital. Today there are only about 400 people living there, from countries which were part of the former Soviet Union. From the top of the hill Lenin looks down over us majestically. Barentsburg is still a ‘company town’, where a state-owned Russian mining company manages everything in the town.
On the way toward Grumant and the Fuglefjellet bird cliff, you'll sail close to the famous helicopter base at Kapp Heer. As you continue along the coast you'll notice the landscape changes character.
You'll see thousands of birds flying in and out of the mountains like clouds of bats. Early in the spring the mountains may be gray, but after a little rain and warm weather they explode with color, full of yellows, oranges, and greens.