Never having been to the Arctic, taken an expedition cruise of any kind, or sailed with Silversea, this was a true voyage of firsts for us. The experience was incredible and I can assure you it will not be our last expedition cruise or sailing we take with Silversea.
Pre-Cruise: Independent - 2 nights in Oslo at the Thon Panorama. A great location and nice hotel we found on an internet special. Based on our brief stay, Oslo is a wonderful city and we plan to return. We took a 7.5 hour all-day land and water tour that showed us as much as possible in the short time we had.
On day 3 we flew to Longyearbyen and overnighted at the Radisson Blu hotel. It bills itself as the northernmost full service hotel in the world and was comfortable and convenient.