Hayley Crowden

Arctic & Antarctic Specialist

In 2017 I travelled on an expedition cruise to Spitsbergen in the Scandinavian High Arctic, whilst we only saw one Polar bear it was four wonderful hours watching a large male.  We also saw walrus, Fin whales, puffins, guillemots, arctic fox and Svalbard reindeer – to name a few.  Some of the icebergs and glacial scenery was a match to Antarctica

Places Visited:

Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen, Lilliehookbreen, Signehamna, Smeerenburg, Fuglesangen, Monacobreen, 14th July Glacier, Camp Millar, Bourbonhamna, Kapp Lee, Ymerbukta, Barentsburg & Alkhornet
Norway: Oslo
Finland: Helsinki
Estonia: Tallinn
Russia: Saint Petersburg


In 2015 I made my first trip into the polar regions visiting  the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, which I have to admit was my favourite (much to the chagrin of some Antarctic aficionados). Gold Harbour on the southern tip of South Georgia has to be one of the most stunning places on our planet.

Antarctic Peninsula: Point Wild, Half Moon Island, Deception Island, Astrolable Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Cierva Cove, Cuverville Island & Almirante Brown

Falkland Islands: Port Stanley, Gypsy Cove, West Point Island and Carcass Island

South Georgia: Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour, Stromness, Prion Island, Goldthorn and Grytviken

Argentina: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Ushuaia

Ships travelled on/inspected; Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Akademik Ioffe and Le Boreal

Read about Hayley’s experiences in the Arctic:

  • There’s little point denying it, and as much as we all try to pretend otherwise, a trip to the high Arctic doesn’t quite feel like it would be complete without an encounter with the great white bear that roams this vast land of sea and ice. We were several days into our 12 day Arctic Cruise around the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Everything was in our favour, we were on a quiet and highly manoeuvrable ice strengthened expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe, we had world leaders in polar travel and ice navigation on the bridge, the ice was thick and plentiful and the conditions were clear. We could see for kilometres in each direction (and trust me, we were looking) so where were these bears hiding?...