Western Spitsbergen

Jul 01, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

What a way to cap off our final day exploring the archipelago of Svalbard. The morning was spent enjoying the scenery of Poolepynten. We were surrounded by beluga whales and walruses before we navigated into St. Jonsfjorden. There, we explored beneath towering mountains and Zodiac cruised among glaciers—and the bravest of us made the chilly polar plunge. As guests took a breather and began to reminisce about our incredible adventure, we had one more—rather large—surprise: a blue whale!

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Jamie Coleman

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jamie is from England. He grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, yet somehow decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. It was no surprise that in 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.

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