Lilliehook Glacier, at the head of Krossfjorden, is a sight to behold. Whether by zodiac or onboard ship, time is made to experience this incredible view. Later in the day, as you sail out of Krossfjorden and Kongsfjorden, you may be fortunate enough to see the airship anchor pylon near the scientific community of Ny Alesund. Notable pioneer aviators such as Zeppelin, Amundsen, Ellsworth, Byrd, and Nobile all used Ny Alesund as a jumping off point for their Arctic expeditions.
Smeerenburgfjorden has a four hundred year of whaling and is a favorite spot as we round the northwestern tip of Spitsbergen. A wander along the beach looking at the blubber cookers or an hour behind a tripod shooting landscapes might be on the schedule all the while looking for wildlife that can appear anywhere in Svalbard.
At 81 degree north latitude, Phippsoya, one of the seven islands, is only 540 nautical miles from the North Pole. Because of its proximity to the pack ice, Phippsoya offers the potential for great polar bear viewing. Be sure to get up to the bridge and take a picture of the GPS showing your latitude - or better yet, bring along your own handheld GPS and mark this extreme waypoint.
Monaco Glacier provides a fabulous backdrop for a zodiac cruise. Miles of ice face broken up by the odd ice cave or tumbling serac with perhaps a thousand black-legged kittiwakes feeding on the upwelling of nutrients found near the sub-glacial outflow.
A morning of cruising in the ice is best followed by a hike on the tundra. Red phalaropes, purple sandpipers, and vibrant tundra provide plenty of viewing and photography opportunities. As you walk, the remains of fox traps and sun-bleached seal bones speak of both human interaction and wildlife predation.