Day 11 |
Sep 01, 2010

At Sea between Svalbard and Jan Mayen

By Dr Colleen Batey, Archaeologist

Co-ordinates: 73°21’N – 001°55’E
Weather: Hazy sunshine and calm seas
Air temperature: 5°C

Continuing our progress towards Jan Mayen, we awoke to calm seas and bright sunshine and with a full programme of lectures ahead of us. Hans-Peter began the morning for us with his presentation on Tundra – Vegetation without Trees. The next choice was hard – a morning coffee or a whisky tasting with our Head Sommelier Maurice Godenir. Several succumbed to the whisky introduction and lively discussion ensued – perhaps inevitably! A brief spin around the deck enabled a few more urgent Viking questions to be resolved with some hardy guests.

A leisurely lunch was next on the agenda. I joined a small table of our Australian guests and we exchanged our travel stories, often with much hilarity. Following lunch, I gave the second of my introductory talks on the Vikings, this time focussing on Iceland and much of the next work that has been undertaken there in recent years. The second afternoon lecture was given by Christian Walter on Early Arctic Exploration.

The evening began with a briefing by Robin, our fearless Expedition Leader, on our next landing the following morning. Then he gave a riveting presentation on the history of the vessel and its major refit, which had been undertaken some two years ago. We then all made our way to yet another wonderful culinary adventure in The Restaurant.

To bed early, but filled with anticipation for our next landfall.