The crossing to Oscar II Land takes us to the middle of the fjord, surrounded by views of the fantastic nature and mountains, which were pressed up out of the ocean millions of years ago. After lunch in this panoramic setting we head towards Barentsburg, the Russian capital of Svalbard. Today, there are about 400 people living there – all of them from countries previously a part of the old Soviet Union. From the top of the hill you can see Lenin looking majestically down on us. Barentsburg is still a ‘company town’ where a state-owned Russian mining company manages everything. On the way towards Grumant and the bird cliff Fuglefjellet we sail close to the famous helicopter base at Kapp Heer and as we continue along the coast the landscape changes character. Watch thousands of birds as they fly in and out of the mountains like clouds of bats. Early in the spring the mountains may be grey, but after a little rain and warm weather it explodes with colors of yellow, orange and green.