National Geographic Endurance continued its exploration of the Svalbard archipelago, heading into the famed Bellsund Sound, which is 20 kilometers long and features a connecting fjord system. The morning began with an exploration via kayaks that featured intertidal views and the magnificence of Arctic topography.

What would any polar expedition be without a chance to taste the exact cold of the waters? With this spirit in mind, we set our guests loose to plunge into the frigid Arctic waters with great delight.

The afternoon featured a nearly full blue sky as we cut our Zodiacs loose to explore Camp Millar – a locale famous for a historic Svalbard trapper’s hut. Lots of young vegetation was appearing for the first time this year, and Arctic foxes and reindeer rousted about the tundra. It was a full day of joyous experiences.