The last day of our expedition wrapped up in excellent style. We certainly have grown accustomed to being spoiled by the services on National Geographic Endurance, and today did not disappoint. After a morning talk and waiting for the fog to clear, we reluctantly headed south. Just as we left our location for the morning, we were called to the outer deck for a sighting of not one but at least six humpback whales feeding in the shallow seas, as well as a passing fin whale.

After a delicious lunch, we continued along the southern tip of Spitsbergen Island and then north up the western coast. The fog lifted, and spectacular views were beheld as we navigated towards Longyearbyen. We were entertained by the erudite field staff and pampered by the exceptional hotel team. It was a tremendous conclusion to an epic voyage in Svalbard.