Monday, 16 September 2013

If Iceland was a sheep, we would be at its head!

Already at the breakfast table, we could see some land as a distant dark shade at the horizon. During the morning, this land became bigger and bigger. We watched the land coming nearer on deck, visited our captain Arild on the bridge, or listened to one to the talks in the MV FRAM lecture halls.

We cast the lines in Isafjordur in the very North-east corner of Iceland around noon and started to explore this remote community. Some of us went to town on their own to do some shopping and to relax at the cafe, others joined a guided bus excursion to lean about the life and culture of the people living in Isafjordur in earlier times. On this tour, we visited the fisheries museum, an old fishermen settlement and a local church, where a very charming girl in Icelandic National costume sang Icelandic songs for us. Those guests that were more eager to stretch their legs after one day on the ship set out for a hiking trip in the surrounding valleys.

But the day was far from over: in the evening, the MV FRAM charity auction took place. We auctioned among other items a Hurtigruten flag that was signed by all the officers and expedition staff!  The auction was followed by our extraordinary crew show. In this show the crew shows some of their other talents that guests could not experience on this trip before. Who would have guessed that some sing almost like Frank Sinatra or dance like Psy?