After long flights we arrive finally on the archipelago of Svalbard. Longyearbyen, the biggest settlement is located on the biggest island called Spitsbergen. It takes some effort to reach this remote northern point on the map. We accept the effort and we are excited to spend 8 days on board of M/V Ortelius to explore the pristine environment of the arctic nature. At 16:00 we start boarding our home for the next days. The Ortelius lays peaceful in the harbour. The Hotel Team and the Expedition Team welcomes us friendly and we settle in our cabins. The mandatory briefings are quickly done followed by the mandatory drill. It is always fun to see all the travel companions in the orange bulky life vest heading to the lifeboats. Quick after the Drill the Ortelius is leaving the port and brings us away from civilisation. At 18.30 we come all together for a welcome drink in the bar and having a glass of Champagne and a toast with our Captain Mika Appel. Everybody is excited for the adventure and new experiences that will happen during the following days. Most travellers are tired and call it a day while we head out of the protected areas to start to head north. We get a good sleep with gentle waves.