"M/S Vistafjord running aground in Spitzbergen 1979" Top 5 Page for this destination Spitsbergen by globetrott

Spitsbergen Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 220 photos

It was one of the first cruises that I made onboard of M/S Vistafjord in 1979.

The captain wanted to offer something SPECIAL to the passengers :

A fjord, NO OTHER cruise-ships would go to...

...lateron everybody knew why...

We finally went aground on a sandbank...

...but a sandbank is not always sandy, up here , close to the glaciers they are ROCKY

All these pics are made by myself with my Super-8-movie-camera.

It was first transfered to Mini-DV-video and finally scanned for this page....

...so the quality of the pics is not really perfect, but it was a special day and adventure, and I simply wanted to share it

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  • mingul's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    Absolutely fabulous!

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    It was quite a thrill to read about your epic voyage to Spitzbergen dodging icebergs, getting stranded then being rescued. A story that your grand children will tell their grand children.I was on a ship that year from Haifa to Greece returning home.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 5:37 AM

    Yes the Captain couldnt hide that one! but what a destination it is these days!he was a radical explorer ahead of his days in that case!have you introduced him to VT yet!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    An "ooops" moment indeed for the captain! What an adventure though, and what a great place to have it.

  • pink63's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 4:52 PM

    Another place where I'd like to go. What an exciting adventure! Beautiful pictures! ciao

  • shiran_d's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2005 at 3:59 PM

    Great Pic Many thanks for sharing it

  • shrimp56's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2004 at 10:43 AM

    I'm glad I missed THIS trip:))))

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2004 at 7:14 AM

    What an exciting experience !!

  • deeper_blue's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2004 at 4:51 PM

    Very interesting account of your time in Spitsbergen, nice pics too.

  • lichinga's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2004 at 7:49 AM

    It's too bad you had not time to visit the rest of the islands!


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