Day 2 |
Sep 04, 2011

At Sea 

By Chris Srigley, General Naturalist

Co-ordinates: Noon Position – 63˚ 42 N, 31˚59.5 W
Weather: Overcast

Through the night, the seas in the Denmark Strait steadily increased, gently rolling the Silver Explorer as we made steady progress between Iceland and Greenland.

This morning, as I made my way through the ship towards The Restaurant it was obvious; those onboard had already gained their sea legs! Awash with chatter and the excitement of our first day The Restaurant was filling up.

With a day at sea in front of us, it was time to begin with our lecture program. Up first, in anticipation of our coming days in Greenland, was Luciano Bernacchi, our resident Glaciologist. Passing along his immense knowledge and passion for these stunning forces of nature, Luci explained their process of formation, behavior and eventual release into the seas. The experience of Zodiac cruising along the front of a glacier would be different for all with the new knowledge we had gained from this fascinating talk.

A once-in-a-lifetime vacation is never complete without the photos that will take you back to those special moments in the future and will allow you to show your friends and family the wonderful sights you have seen. With this in mind, our onboard photographer, Elliot Neep, presented ‘Photography Basics’. An overview for making the most of our photographic opportunities! Tips for the rule of thirds, exposure compensation and shooting moving targets were some of the helpful tips Elliot took us through.

As morning gave way to afternoon, the swell we had picked up through the night continued to gently roll the Silver Explorer as it steadily progressed towards Greenland.

During the lunch hour it seemed as though the gentle rocking had begun to affect many onboard, as The Restaurant seemed less than half full. The time had come for most to take a rest, to be ready for this afternoon’s lecture.

At first it seemed as though the seas would continue to hold some captive in their suites to watch the lecture from bed, however, to the delight of Clare Allum, our Archeologist and Historian, The Theatre began to fill for her talk ‘The Forgotten Greenland Norse’. An in-depth look at life, love and worship in early Norse settlement in Greenland. As usual, Clare intrigued with her knowledge and left all with an appetite for more in the coming days.

Making good speed in the rolling seas, the Silver Explorer had gained time; our arrival in Greenland would be earlier than expected. With our operations now set to begin earlier, it was time for all to gather in The Theatre for a mandatory Zodiac briefing, given by our Expedition Leader Conrad Combrink. Conrad explained Zodiac operations to all before a briefing on our planned Zodiac tour for the morning.

The invitations had been sent, The Theatre prepared. It was time to join Captain Alexander Golubev for his welcome cocktail party. Dressed in their best, guests began to arrive and to enjoy canapés and cocktails before Captain Golubev gave his welcome speech and introduced his senior officers. Proposing a toast ‘to a wonderful voyage and great weather’ he wished all bon appétit.

And so, as we retire from our day onboard, we do so with the knowledge that when we awake in the morning, before us, in all of its splendor, will stand the shores of Greenland.