Northward ho! We arrived at the pier in Longyearbyen where Ortelius, our home for the next week, was already waiting for us – as were members of the Expedition Team who welcomed us. From around 4pm, boarding started, and we were soon checked in by our Hotel Manager Sebastian and his assistant Lilian. Our luggage had already found its way into our cabins, so we had some free time to get unpacked, settle in and meet our fellow adventurers. Shortly afterwards we gathered in the Lecture Room to be officially welcomed by the Hotel Manager and to attend the mandatory safety briefing followed by a safety drill. Wearing our big orange lifejackets we mustered in the Bar and proceeded to the top deck for a look into the lifeboats. Meanwhile, Ortelius had left the pier, and so we were on our way out of Adventfjorden and into Isfjorden. Before dinner, we got to know Captain Mika Appel as well as the members of the Expedition Team and raised our glasses for a toast to the voyage. Hungry after a long day of travels, we flocked to the Dining Room – the first of many delicious meals was waiting for us!