Whales, Glaciers and the 5*(+) hotel
As the wind died after a somewhat uncomfortable night at anchor at the head of a moody Mollerfjord the dinghy was unshipped and we set off ashore. First stop The Lloyd Hotel - Svalbard's only 5*(+) establishment. Rupert checked in first:
Every room (ie the only one) has mementos of previous visitors and everything a guest could require:
Having signed the guest book and left a token of our own brief stay (a Harrods boxed set of a miniature London Bus and Taxi!) we set off further to find evidence of an earlier visitor mentioned in an previous blog. Still clear on a prominent rock is the great adventuror Bill Tilman's calling card:
Back on the yacht, as we weighed anchor the clouds lifted and left us with the most stunning of days. The pictures tell the story more effectively than words:
Just when we thought it could get no better:
And finally, in the land of the midnight sun we are reminded that today is the summer solstice. Taken at midnight on the northern hemisphere's longest day, en route north again towards Svalbard's northernmost coast:
Accommodation! The photos are spectacular..remind me somewhat of northern Alaska! Will be watching with much interest...cheers!