Another unexpected gift was the appearance along the beach of a Long-Tailed Arctic Skua, a rarely seen bird. This bird is the smallest of the Skua family. Since he came back towards us, Kay was able to get a fabulous picture of him on the wing. What a marvelous flying “machine” he was! Kay’s pictures document how dazzlingly gorgeous the landing site and its surroundings were. Open blue sky over head with mare’s tails clouds, green tundra grasses and plants, colorful rocks and boulders, clear and colorful waters in the fjord and at the landing, great gray and black cliffs rising around the setting and a wonderful waterfall splashing noisily down toward the sea.
What a way to say goodbye to Svalbard though we had another full day to spend in Longyearbyen before our flights took us off in all directions home.
Day 14 – Back in Longyearbyen
We left the Sea Spirit this morning about 9:30 and dumped our carry-on luggage at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel (our checked luggage was already at the airport for our flight from Longyearbyen back to Oslo). We were offered activities for the morning and the afternoon as well as lunch on Apex and dinner as well. The morning activity was a tour of the town with
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