After the Arctic Adventures in Greenland our ship headed south to Iceland – a land of green whereas Greenland had been a land of ice.
We saw many whales on the way and as we approached Iceland
there were plenty of birds including the national bird of Iceland – the puffin.
We landed in the north west corner of Iceland at Stykkishólmur. We had a tour of this area of Iceland visiting a cave formed from a lava plume, an extinct volcanic crater and walked along the coast marvelling at the rock formations. All of this was overseen by the Snæfellsjökull glacier. The scenery of mountains, glaciers and lava beds was magnificent.
Here are a few photos to give you a taster of the wonderful day. I want to see more of Iceland.
There is a video on YouTube with more photos of this day in Iceland. You can watch it below:
I recently went on an Arctic Adventure cruising from Longyearbyen in Svalbard to East Greenland National Park and returning via Iceland. What an exciting trip – in the Arctic Circle with continuous daylight for ten days. The weather was perfect – sunny and still with temperatures about 10 – 12 C.
We saw polar bears, whales – fin, minke and humpback – seals, narwhal, musk oxen, little auks, fulmar, Arctic tern, puffins. We went ashore in several places and also out amongst the icebergs in zodiac boats.
Our ship was the hybrid, diesel and electric, eco-friendly Roald Amundsen run by Hurtigruten. The ship was so quiet you could hear the flapping of birds’ wings and their splashes as they ran over the water.
The scenery during the trip was breath-taking. East
Greenland National Park is visited by only a handful of people each year and
when on shore the only sounds were us. You could stand there and drink in the
We spent days on the expedition without seeing another ship or human being – just wonderful nature.
Below are a few photos I took on the trip.
You can see more by following the link to the Greenland 2019 video on YouTube or watching it below.
We then went to Iceland, but that is for another time.