Day 3 |
Sep 09, 2010

At sea en route to Skoldungen Fjord, Greenland

By Juan Carlos Restrepo, Geologist

Co-ordinates: 63º 23.7’ N, 025º 30,1’ W
Weather: Overcast skies with occasional showers and fog patches
Air Temperature: 17ºC
Sea Temperature: 12ºC
Pressure: 999.5 hPa
Wind: Beaufort 5 – 6, with average 25 knots wind and 2 to 2,5 m swells.

The Denmark Strait is one of those often moody sea passages, feared by sailors for centuries for its potentially rough stormy conditions and large swells. I know some might disagree with me on this one, but I think we have had a fairly benevolent crossing between Iceland and Greenland. We have been fortunate enough to have following wind and seas all the way since we left Heimaey last night, and that, for this part of the world, is good...

The morning started with a delicious breakfast and a lecture delivered by… me! Since we had just left volcanic country last night, and had a great opportunity to see Heimaey and its wonderful volcanic history yesterday, I thought it would be very appropriate to talk about volcanoes. I presented my “IT’S ALIVE! Volcanology Juan-0-Juan” in which I introduce our guests to the hot and steamy world of volcanoes, with an emphasis on the geology of Iceland.

At 11:30 our Head Sommelier Maurice Godenir invited our guests to a wine tasting seminar, followed by lunch. At 14h00 our Expedition Leader Robin West gave a mandatory Zodiac briefing followed by an AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) briefing on the rules and regulations of our operations on this voyage. At 16h00 afternoon tea was served at the Panorama Lounge.

At 17h00 Dr. Colleen Batey presented her fascinating lecture “The Viking Age in Iceland”. An archaeological introduction to the land of ice and volcanoes, which became a permanent settlement of the Vikings and a stepping stone in their migrations to Greenland and beyond. She included the results of new fieldwork that is changing our view of the way the Vikings exploited their new environment.

At 19h00 Captain Aleksander Golubyev invited all our guests to his Welcome Cocktail Party, when he introduced his senior officers and officially welcomed all on board. This function was followed by his Captain’s Welcome Dinner, offered by our Executive Chef Ann-Mari Cornelius and Restaurant Manager Marcelo Belelli. Hopefully we’ll have a nice and quiet night cradled by the gently rolling seas.