Greenland 2

(23rd June) Sea Day
We have left the protection of the North Sea and are now heading towards Iceland through the North Atlantic Ocean where the seas are more turbulent. We woke to a 1.5m swell causing a rocking motion which triggered Sue into acquiring a couple of (free) sickness tablets from reception. Thankfully, throughout the day the ship’s stabilisers did their job and the tablets stayed firmly in her handbag.
As we carried on with our now usual sea day activities, outside on the decks, conditions became more unpleasant. An early morning mist had turned into a thick fog by late afternoon, reducing visibility to just a few metres and thoughts turned briefly to icebergs and one unfortunate ‘unsinkable’ ship. We have radar and don’t have an orchestra or Leonardo De Caprio on board, so we should be safe.
An after-lunch march around deck 14 meant donning fleeces and raincoats, other than a few hardy bird/whale watchers we exercised alone. On interrogation, the dedicated naturalists confessed to having seen nothing other than a few kittiwakes and terns using the airflow of the ship to aid their passage to somewhere.
Inside, we are now being stopped and engaged in conversation by those we have encountered on previous trips, it seems Sue is not the only one with a memory for faces.
One highlight of the day is that we have finally finished our course of Madagascan anti-malarial tablets and can now hopefully say goodbye to the minor side effects of the last three weeks.
At 11 pm, after an excellent show of ‘All that Jazz’ in the Palladium Theatre, we popped our noses out at the stern of the ship to be surprised to discover a calm sea, bright sky and clear visibility to the horizon. It could have been 4 pm on a sunny afternoon! Certainly, evidence that we are sailing towards the region of the midnight sun.

(24th June) Sea Day
Today, we shared breakfast with a lone swallow which had decided to hitch a lift on the ship and perched briefly on the shelves above our table before being frightened by one of the waiters only to wing its way deeper into the restaurant and some other perch. Ironically, the ardent bird watchers onboard always breakfasted early to secure a place on the deck at the front of the ship and were unaware that the wildlife preferred their breakfast at a more reasonable time and in a more comfortable location.
Another round of presentations, quizzes, and walking the decks filled our day between meal times. A lecture by polar explorer Ann Daniels, the first woman in history to reach the North Pole and the South Pole was particularly memorable. A remarkable lady, an extremely brave and determined individual.
Sea conditions were very calm today and there was a sighting of a pod of dolphins, unfortunately, they did not make an appearance whilst we were on deck. The sun was still high in the sky as we retired to our cabin for the night, the coastline of Iceland with snowcapped mountains was visible in the distance. We dock tomorrow at 7 am in Reykjavik.

 

 

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